Bullzdozers set to move in on Sunderland primary school building

Former Maplewood School site off Redcar Road, Sunderland Picture: Google Maps.
Former Maplewood School site off Redcar Road, Sunderland Picture: Google Maps.

A former Sunderland primary school will be demolished under new plans submitted to Sunderland City Council.

The Maplewood School site, in Redcar Road, has remained vacant for several years after pupils and staff made the move to a new multi-million-pound building in Ford Estate.

The special school – which cares for primary-aged youngsters with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties – was renamed North View Academy after settling off St Luke’s Road.

Now, demolition plans have been lodged for the school’s former home in the Red House area.

Council bosses aim to demolish existing buildings including the attached caretaker’s house and garage.

A report states this will be done on economy and health and safety grounds, adding “the buildings have exceeded their useful economic lifespan and are now redundant.”

If approved, the council plan to start the works on Monday, February 4 which are expected to take around eight weeks.

All rubble, concrete and brickwork will be recycled as construction materials with all rubble removed from the site.

A report adds surveys will take place to find out if there will be any impact on bats, nesting birds or protected species.

Planners are expected to make their final decision next week.

Chris Binding , Local Democracy Reporting Service