Opened in 1933 as the Thrunscoe Junior School and, since 1996, used as offices and one of the bases for the Community Learning Service by North East Lincolnshire Council it could now become the site of Cleethorpes' newest housing development.

It has just been announced that the site of the former Thrunscoe School on Highgate, Cleethorpes is being offered for sale by commercial property agents Scotts on behalf of North East Lincolnshire Council.

Lawrence Brown, from Scotts, who is handling the sale said “This is a prime site extending to 2.36 acres in the centre of Cleethorpes.  It is within easy walking distance of the main facilities on St Peters Avenue and is on a bus route.  I expect there will be a lot of interest from developers looking to build houses in what is an extremely popular location.”

Since the Thrunscoe School relocated to its new premises the old school site, now known as the Thrunscoe Centre, has been used for a variety of different purposes by the Council including as an education centre, as offices and as the base for the cycling proficiency award.

Portfolio Holder for Finance, Resources and Inclusion, Cllr Matthew Patrick, said: “Making the best use of our property means we can be more efficient as an organisation.  Moving most of our workforce into two main office buildings helped us save a substantial amount in running costs.  As a result, we can dispose of buildings that are no longer needed, such as the Thrunscoe Centre, and sell them for the best price possible.”

It is thought that up to 30 houses might be developed on the land and that the houses will be a mix of different styles.

Cleethorpes is extremely popular with house buyers and over recent years has seen its economy improve as residents and visitors take advantage of the facilities available in the town centre, with shopping centred around St Peters Avenue, High Street, Alexandra Road and Seaview Street.  The availability of leisure options has also increased and the town's wine bars, bistros and restaurants are increasingly popular.  In the last few weeks over £9 million of central Government investment into the wider area has been announced with a large part of this focussed on Cleethorpes.

Lawrence Brown continued “It's not often that a brownfield site in a popular residential area becomes available.  Although we do not have any preconceived ideas about any development I think that housing is the most obvious use for the land.  The other advantage is that whilst most of the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area is classed as being at risk from flooding this site sits at a high point so the risk is minimal.”

Any development of the site will have to include an element of affordable housing and a developer will also be expected to make a contribution towards education provision in nearby schools.

The site is being sold by informal tender with a date for best bids of 30th June 2017.

For further information contact Lawrence Brown at Scotts on 01472 267000.  Full details are available here