Flats proposal for college's listed building
THANET College has launched a consultation on plans to turn a historic building on its Broadstairs site into flats.
The Grade II-listed Yarrow building on the Ramsgate Road site is now no longer used by the college.
Letters have been sent to Broadstairs business and community groups to gauge interest in using the late 19th century building for sports and social activities.
Deputy principal Anne Leese said: "As part of the planning consultation process, Thanet College has a duty to determine whether there is a justified long-term community interest for the Yarrow building.
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"As this exercise is part of a formal process, the college is unable to confirm any further detail."
Thanet College, which moved into the building in 1970, is looking for a developer to turn the building into a residential development.
Speaking at the Broadstairs town forum last week, Sue Wall of the Kent School of English said she had received an "intriguing" letter from a company carrying out a feasibility study on community use of the Yarrow building.
She said: "We have replied that we're extremely interested in using the building."
But town and district councillor Chris Wells said the former convalescent home was inappropriate for community use.
"It's too big, it's too costly to maintain," he said. "If there's a chance we can keep some of the community facilities in that building, that would of course be of interest."
The Yarrow building was built in 1894 by Sir Alfred Yarrow, from the shipbuilding family, as a convalescent home for children.
It was requisitioned for injured soldiers during the First and Second World Wars.
In 1997 the building was considered too expensive to maintain or adapt and planning permission was submitted to demolish it.
After vocal opposition the proposals were dropped and it was granted listed status in 1998.