College’s expansion plans are in spotlight

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Plans for a new two-storey teaching block at Preston’s College are set to get the green light.

City planners will next week to be asked to approve the scheme, the latest in a string of redevelopments at the Fulwood campus.

The plan involves creating a two storey teaching block with associated landscaping to the north of the existing main buildings in St Vincent’s Road.

The classrooms will be built on what is currently tennis courts and part of the existing internal road.

The original proposal included the demolition of three existing educational buildings to form two areas of open space within

the college grounds.

However, the plans have now changed and following the response from Greater Manchester Ecology this element of the development has been scrapped for now in order to enable them to carry out further ecology surveys on those buildings when the surveying season starts later in the year.

People living near the college are worried about plans to reduce the number of car parking spaces to make way for the redevelopment and fear proposals to rearrange the internal traffic system to a increase the number of vehicles accessing the site from the main entrance could cause severe hold-ups and increased noise and disturbance to residents living in between the two entrances.

Liz Gatheral, the college’s head of buildings and facilities said:“The planning process marks an important next step in what are very exciting times for Preston’s College. We’re looking forward to starting work on the site and bringing our plans to life, ultimately resulting in a fantastic facility that will be of benefit not only for our students but local employers and the wider community.

“The STEM centre marks our commitment to investing in the development of the campus to provide state of the art learning environments for our learners as well as our commitment to building relationships with key employers and working in partnership on project delivery, education and innovation.

“We are currently working with our construction partner Kier to fully scope the project and allow us to move forward as soon as we receive the green light from the council.”