AN ERA came to an end for a famous building in Hexham town centre yesterday.
The old Grammar School in Hallgate, sold at auction last month for £430,000, was vacated by county council planning department staff who have occupied it since the days of Tynedale District Council.
The exodus is expected to take until Wednesday, by which time the west area planning officials and staff will be re-accommodated at Hadrian House in Hexham.
Coun Tom Brechany, executive member responsible for planning at Northumberland County Council, said: “As part of rationalising and making best use of office accommodation in our main market towns the west area planning team is moving to Hadrian House.
“The building is fully accessible and has private interview facilities which can be used with people who wish to make appointments with our officers. We will do everything that we can to ensure a smooth transition to this new base, but would apologise for any disruption to the service during the move.”
The identity of the buyer of the landmark Old Grammar School has not been revealed.
Telephone inquiries on all planning applications should now be made on either 01670 622625 or by emailing West.Planning@northumberland.gov.uk