TWO derelict former Burnley schools which have stood empty for 10 years are set to be sold.

The old Habergham Sixth Form and Ivy Bank Business & Enterprise College buildings are part of the 25-acre site being sold on behalf of Lancashire County Council.


Ivy Bank closed in 2006 after merging with Habergham High School to form Hameldon Community College.

The sixth form closed at the same time and was formerly Burnley High School for Girls.

The moves were part of the government’s public-private partnership programme called Building Schools For The Future.

The Lancashire Regeneration Property Partnership, a joint venture between the county coun- cil and Carillion, a construction services company, has put the site on the market for an undisclosed fee.

In a statement, real-estate company CBRE said that the site is being strategically promoted for residential development.

County Cllr Margaret Brindle, a former pupil of the old Burnley High School, said: “I would be sad to see my former school go.

“My view is that we should try to retain the open spaces but I appreciate that the council is looking at its property assets and that a decision has to be made.

"These schools are now derelict and have become a liability.”

Ivy Bank was initially a girls' high school and became a mixed comprehensive in 1981.

The nearby former Habergham High School has recently been demolished to make way for the new Burnley High School’s new building.

The new school is set to open in April next year.

Rebecca Harper, of CBRE Manchester, said: “This extensive site offers a unique opportunity to create an aspirational development in a well-connected and attractive location within Burnley.

“The redevelopment of this key site could make a significant contribution to both the long-term regeneration of the area and the local housing requirements, and we antic- ipate high levels of interest.”