Chichester building could become a home in North Street

PLANS are afoot for a former school building to be transformed into a home.

Northgate House, in North Street, Chichester, was owned by the Prebendal School until late 2012 when it was sold.

Now, the new owners have made an application to Chichester District Council to change the use of the 18th-century house back to being a place of residence and to carry out some restoration and conservation work on the property.

According to a heritage design and access statement submitted to the district council, the conversion and refurbishment works had been designed to sympathetically renovate the building for its new lease of life.

The statement said: “At the heart of the proposed works is the definite intention to respect and preserve the architectural and historic character of the grade-II listed building.”

The building is on the west side of North Street and is within the Chichester City Conservation Area.

One notable feature of the three-story building, according to a heritage statement attached the application, was a wall painting over the fireplace in one room dated to the late 16th century.

It was uncovered around 1996.

The planning application was submitted to the district council in May and it is now pending consideration.