Cardinal Newman College upgrade will increase numbers

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A multi-million pound eco-friendly extension to a city college is set to get the green light – providing bosses agree to certain conditions.

Cardinal Newman College in Lark Hill is planning to transform the site of a former pub into a four storey teaching block with solar panels on the rooftop.

The site of the old Kings tavern to the side and back of the college’s St Mary’s Building on the corner of Manchester Road has already been cleared and, along with other improvements at the college, will enable Cardinal Newman to cater for an extra 300 pupils.

The college currently houses around 2,600 students staff numbers are not expected to rise.

The scheme, costing nearly £3m is due to go before city planners next week and is earmarked for approval, despite objections from locals.

Five letters of objection have been sent to Preston Council from residents worried about the impact of more traffic in the area.

Although there are parking facilities for staff, residents say student parking causes serious problems during term time.

Planners will be told that the county’s seasonable travel coordinator has been working with the college but officer will be asking for the travel plan to be updated.

College principal Nick Burnham said: “The college is delighted with the positive recommendation from planning officers. This is a £2.8m investment by the college to provide outstanding teaching facilities for the benefit of the students of Preston and Lancashire.

“As the vast majority of our students access the college by public transport the impact on traffic and parking in the area will be negligible.

“The college is excited about embarking on this new project and look forward to delivering it in readiness of the start of the 15/16 academic year assuming planning permission is granted next week.”