PLANNING chiefs are studying proposals to turn an office building - part of a former Victorian school - back into a house.

An application relating to Headmasters Halls, a Grade II-listed building dating from the 19th century, has been submitted to New Forest District Council.

Headmasters Halls occupies a prominent site at The Square, Pennington.

The application says: “In 1848 the Rev William Lambert came to Pennington as vicar. He soon found the great majority of the population were illiterate and many did not even know their age.

“The only educational facilities in the village were the primitive schooling provided in four private cottages.

“Lambert immediately set about seeing that a proper school was built in Pennington and the school opened in 1852 as Pennington Parochial School. A house providing accommodation for the schoolmaster adjoined the school building.”

The proposed conversion is outlined in a Public Notice published by New Forest District Council.

Here are some of the other Public Notices giving details of temporary road closures, licensing applications and other changes affecting communities in the area.

Temporary road closures:

Southampton City Council is closing Stoneham Lane from its junction with Channel Farm Road to outside Southampton University Hardmoor Sports Ground Access from April 30 (8pm-6am) to allow carriageway resurfacing. Works are due to be completed by May 2.

Southampton City Council is closing Second Avenue between its junction with Allington Avenue to outside the entrance to Selco from April 26 (8pm to 6am)to allow essential Telecoms pole repair. Works are due to be completed by April 28.

Southampton City Council is closing Furze Road for its full extent from April 28 (9am-4pm) to allow the repair of carriageway subsidence. The works are due to be completed by April 30.

Licensing applications:

Mark Wells is applying for a licence to use Blanchard Wells Ltd, The Meadows, Forester Road, Soberton Heath, as an operating centre for three goods vehicles and one trailer.

OBT Trans Ltd, of 23 Poppy Road, Southampton, is applying for a licence to use D8 Central Crescent, Marchwood, as an operating centre for one tractor unit and one trailer.

Avoline Network Services, trading as Avonline, of Ashton Vale Road Bristol, is applying to change an existing licence and add an operating centre to keep two goods vehicles at Avonline Network Services, Unit 1 St George’s Industrial Estate, Goodwood Road, Eastleigh.