Homes developer converts building and its neighbour

A property developer has not only transformed a derelict former school in Henley-in-Arden, but a local resident has been converted too!

Greywell Classic Homes has carefully turned the former River House School into a series of stunning two and three-storey homes, many of which are already occupied.

The company has also built six apartments to fit in with the style of the converted school building and they are attracting strong interest.

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The development is being geared up for a launch on Saturday, April 12, and a neighbouring resident has given the scheme his blessing.

Richard O’Grady lives just a few yards from the development and says the work Greywell has done at Henley Grange has been a massive relief to him and his wife.

He said: “We bought our bungalow 14 years ago and we were in a quiet little corner on our own, with just the local school for company.

“Then, about six or seven years ago, a developer came along and built properties right next to us, which we felt were too high, but they went ahead anyway. Then, when the school building was vacated it was just left to go to ruin and, naturally, became a target for vandals.

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“So we’d gone from our quiet little corner to suddenly having to deal with all of that.

“Then Greywell arrived and, to be honest, we first thought it would be just another developer that had no concern for the local residents – but they have been quite the opposite. “Rupert Hopcraft, the managing director of Greywell, has been in touch with us regularly and has listened to our concerns.

“We are absolutely delighted with the end result and it has given us real peace of mind for the future and also turned a derelict building into a desirable place to live.”

Rupert is pleased to have made a positive impact on the O’Gradys and hopes to find more new neighbours for them at the launch.

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He said: “We’ve already achieved really encouraging sales here and hope to attract many more buyers having now carried out full advertising for the first time, with the development finished, lift operating, show apartment furnished and ready to launch.”

The launch is taking place on Saturday, April 12, from 11am until 4pm and everyone is welcome.

Pictured: Richard O’Grady, Edward Bromwich and Rupert Hopcraft