Herefordshire Council has confirmed plans to get rid of assets at three primary schools.

It has applied to the Government for permission to sell off two parcels of land it still owns at Colwall Church of England Primary School.

The school closed in 2014 due to recurring problems with leaking, and relocated to temporary buildings before a new purpose-built school opened in the village in 2018.

The former school buildings have not been used since, and “are no longer required as an educational establishment”, the council said.

Sections of the old school site are owned by Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance and the Archdeacon of Hereford.

“Once approval from the Secretary of State has been received, the council land will be sold to the Diocese at an agreed market value,” the council said.


It has also applied for permission to dismantle the “redundant” building of a former pre-school, and two adjacent mobile classrooms, at Wellington Primary School.

While the brick-built Busy Bees nursery building “remains serviceable”, the school has no current use for it other than as storage space.

Meanwhile, the mobile units “have reached the end of their serviceable life”, with access to one “now restricted due to health and safety concerns”, the council’s application says.

Removing the buildings, along with a rowan tree, and resurfacing the area with tarmac, would enable the school to extend its playground space.

Comments on the planning application, numbered 222086, can be made until August 11.

The council has meanwhile awarded a contract of £52,300 to remove “mobile works” and tarmac at Withington Primary School northeast of Hereford.