Plans for £16m Wellingborough Tresham site to be discussed

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Plans for the new £16m Tresham College campus in Wellingborough could be approved by councillors tonight.

Members of Wellingborough Council’s planning committee will consider the plans which have gained support from a number of groups since being revealed last year.

An artist's impression of Wellingborough's new Tresham Campus

An artist's impression of Wellingborough's new Tresham Campus

If approved, it is hoped it will be open by September 2015 and will be built on the site of the existing campus in Church Street in the town.

Tresham principal Stuart Wesselby told the Telegraph earlier this year: “The new campus will be a fantastic state-of-the-art learning environment fit to face the skills challenges of the next century focused on science, technology, engineering and maths.

“We have been very pleased with the feedback at recent consultation events and other public meetings where people have stated how this will be the kick-start to regeneration for the town.”

The plans are for a three-storey building which will provide teaching, workshop, salon, dining and administrative areas.

It is also for associated landscape, infrastructure works and a 23-space car park.

The report to be considered by councillors at tonight’s meeting includes support from a number of organisations in the town, including Wellingborough Town Centre Partnership.

Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce is also supportive of the plans.

The report states: “The chamber of commerce believes it is of paramount importance to the future growth and prosperity of Wellingborough that a further and higher educational establishment is maintained in Wellingborough and preferably within the town centre.

“We believe that these proposals provide for this in the future and secures the ongoing provision of higher education within the town.”

It added: “The chamber of commerce strongly supports the redevelopment of this site by Tresham College and its continued use for educational purposes which will help to maintain and improve footfall and use of the town centre to the benefit of all businesses located there.”

The application, which would see all of the current buildings demolished, has been recommended for approval subject to various conditions by the council’s planning officers.

The planning officer’s report states: “The development will provide significant improvements to the education facilities in the area, creating an environment of the highest quality to support learning.”

The meeting starts at 7pm at Swanspool House.

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