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21 February 2014, 12:19
Tresham College’s plans to develop a new £16m facility at its' Wellingborough campus have moved a step closer after planning permission's been granted.
When complete, the new campus will provide learning opportunities for up to 1,000 young people and adults in the town, offering subjects such as Construction, Engineering, Art & Design as well as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths centre.
Stuart Wesselby, Principal of Tresham College of Further and Higher Education said: "It’s great news that we now have the green light from Wellingborough Borough Council and we very much value their ongoing support throughout this process."
Whilst the planning consent brings the new campus a stage closer, the College is currently in the process of securing additional funding before the scheme can start on site. The original timeframe would have seen us open the doors to the new facility in September 2015, however this will now be deferred as we secure the investment required to progress the development. The business case for a new campus at Wellingborough is compelling and we are now liaising with a number of potential funding partners who will work with us to take the scheme to the next stage."
Jo Lappin, Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership said: "This is excellent news for Wellingborough. Our businesses and our economy need young people with the right skills and the new campus will play an important role in delivering this. The planning decision brings the new campus an important step nearer and we will be working closely with Tresham College, Wellingborough Council and other key partners to make sure that the funding is put in place to make this a reality."
Daniel Charles Mouawad, Chief Executive of South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership added: "The redevelopment of the Wellingborough campus is a vital element of the regeneration plans for the town. The capital investment will ensure that learners have access to modern facilities that will equip them with skills that local employers require. We will be working with Tresham College and other partners closely over the coming weeks and months to bring the project to fruition."