A vacant building located at the old Sutton Hospital could soon become a temporary school after planning permission was submitted to the council.

Cotswold Road is the proposed temporary location for the new Harris Academy school premises.

Harris Academy Sutton has already been granted permission to build a new facility on the adjacent site on Chiltern Road.

However, that building, which will cater up to 1,275 students, will not be completed until September 2019.

The school is now searching for a “well-resourced” base to house 195 Year 7 students for the 2018 academic year.

James Fisher, soon to be principal of Harris Academy Sutton, said in July: “Following a really positive consultation with the local community, our plans are already well underway for providing an excellent and exciting education for our first 195 students from September 2018.”

The site on Cotswold Road, 1.6km away from Sutton town centre, is home to unused buildings previously functioned as part of the Epsom and St Helier University NHS Trust.

If given the green light, 12 parking spaces would be provided for staff and visitors along with two accessible spots for disabled users.

Harris Academy Sutton is encouraging parents not to drive to school and instead for students to use public transport or walk or cycle if the distance is short.

A playground is also listed in the application.

Harris Academy Sutton will host a Year 7 open evening on October 10 where the principal will be present to answer questions about the new school.

Session one will be from 6pm to 7pm with session two from 7pm to 8pm at The Institute of Cancer Research, 15 Cotswold Road.