Hartlepool Folk Music School to expand by offering piano, voice, flute and violin lessons – but a commitment to the neighbors, there will be no drums
Proposals were submitted to Hartlepool Borough Council Planning Department earlier this year to convert two vacant apartments on the corner of Stockton Road and Cornwall Street for use as part of a music school.
Kathryn Sirs plans indicate they would be part of the Kate Sirs School of Music, which already occupies the ground floor of the building.
A report from the council’s senior planning officer, Jane Tindall, confirmed the proposals have been given the green light and should help benefit the region.
She said, “The proposed development would see an existing business in a designated local hub area expand.
“This would support the vitality and viability of the region.
“Development is not considered to have a negative impact on visual appeal, amenity of neighboring land users or road safety. “
A planning statement previously submitted on behalf of the applicant explained how the move would result in business expansion and more staff.
He said: “The extra space will allow me to employ more staff and allow existing staff to extend their hours.
“Our teaching is mostly on a 1-1 basis for 30-60 minutes and our taught disciplines are piano, voice, flute and violin.
“We have no intention of teaching instruments like drums because the sound would interfere with other lessons and there are already many established drum teachers in town. “
The school has six part-time staff, which are expected to increase to 10 after approval, according to planning documents.
Miss Sirs added that she has been renting the unit for about 10 years, without any complaints, and hopes to stay there as long as possible.
Planning documents indicate that the school’s teaching hours are approximately 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends.
The conversion involves seeing the old bedroom and living room of the first floor apartment become teaching rooms, each with electric pianos to minimize noise pollution.
The same works will be carried out in the bedroom and living room of the old second floor apartment, while the bathroom and kitchen will remain as they are.
The plans are subject to a diagram demonstrating adequate sound insulation between the application site and the neighboring property.