Closed Northamptonshire school could be reopened

A disused school which Northamptonshire County Council wanted to sell-off to housing developers could be reopened.

Greenfield Special School on Harborough Road in Kingsthorpe closed in 2009 after pupils moved to new premises in Northampton.

The Tory-run authority wanted to sell the site, valued at £800,000, but it has remained unsold for three years.

Councillors will now discuss plans to lease the building to Northgate School Art College.

'Fit in with plans'

The academy which provides education to children with learning difficulties, wants to use it for vocational courses.

Head teacher Shaz Webb said: "The site is only a mile down the road from our current school so it would fit in with our plans.

"We want to create a work-based environment so the children will get to run a shop, restaurant and deal directly with the public."

Planners have recommended that councillors approve the proposals put forward by the school.

The request will be discussed at a cabinet meeting on 9 October.

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