Planning permission has been granted for a £16 million college campus in Wellingborough town centre. The new Tresham campus will be built on the site of the existing college in Church Street.
Saying they had no hesitation in approving the application for the three-storey building, members of Wellingborough Council's planning committee talked about it being an integral part of the redevelopment of the town centre, and said they were really pleased the college would remain in Wellingborough.
The application had also received strong support from the Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce, which said that it was of paramount importance to the future growth and prosperity of Wellingborough that a further and higher education establishment was maintained in the town.
The new campus has been supported by the Skills Funding Agency and according to Tresham it will provide opportunities for up to 1,000 young people and adults to gain the training and skills they need for employment or university. It will become a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) centre, and will also offer subjects including construction, hair and beauty, computing, health and care, and art and design. A digital skills academy will also be established.
Planning consent was granted for the construction of a three-storey building to house teaching, workshop, salon, dining and administrative accommodation. In addition, approval was given for associated landscape and infrastructure works, including a 23 space car park, 10 motorcycle spaces and 30 bicycle spaces.
Planning permission was granted unanimously.