New trust submits plans to relocate St Mary’s Music School to the former Royal High School 

As many of you will have seen, an alternative proposal has emerged for the former Old Royal High School on Regents Road. Initial details of this have been excellently summarised in a recent article on the Broughton Spurtle website: http://www.broughtonspurtle.org.uk/news/latest-news-old-royal-high

A charitable trust, 'The Royal High School Preservation Trust' (RHST) has been formed and they have developed a website which gives a further summary of their proposed reuse of the buildings and the site: http://www.rhspt.org/team.html

In addition, the  Chair of RHST will be at the next Community Council meeting on May 11th to discuss these plans. New Town & Broughton Community Council welcomes this alternative proposal but is fully aware that the finer details need to be fully understood to ensure that this proposal represents a long term, sustainable use for the 'at risk' building whilst maintaining the architectural integrity and setting for the buildings on the site. At first inspection, it would seem to be a good fit, fully using the building without any significant proposed modifications.

The proposal is also said to be fully financially underwritten through charitable sources.

NTBCC will follow this proposal with interest and will attending the proposed Pre-Application Notice consultation in due course, making a representation on the proposal.

What are your views? What would you like to see in any proposed new use? We would welcome your views. Local residents are welcome to attend our meeting on May 11 at  Broughton St Marys Church, Bellevue Crescent, which commences with a short AGM at 7:15pm. (Agendas here.) However, in order to get an  idea of numbers, it would be helpful if those who do wish to attend could email using the contact form here – if there is a large demand we may have to try to secure a larger venue.