We are currently reviewing the facilities at our Nuneaton campus to make sure we continue to provide a high-quality student experience that is fit for future skills developments. We believe that our success lies in making the connection between education and employment. Increasingly, training and skills development takes place at the point where it is needed most: on our business parks and industrial estates, in our town centres and hospitals, and on the premises of local employers. Our current buildings are too large for our future requirements, which means our utilisation of space is becoming less cost-effective.
We are committed to retaining a strong presence in Nuneaton and our plans include high-quality campus facilities at our current location. We aim to invest in our facilities so that they are fit for purpose in a 21st century teaching and learning environment. We plan to raise the investment funds we need to improve our facilities through the re-development of part of the current campus for residential purposes. As part of the planning application process, the College hosted an informal public consultation in February 2018 to allow local stakeholders and members of the community to comment on the proposed new housing development due to be constructed on land which the College plans to eventually sell.
Over 200 people attended the consultation exhibition. Feedback included questions about the potential impact on traffic and car parking in the local area and concern over the volume of houses within the proposed development. Some of those who responded were concerned about the potential loss of sports pitches from the college grounds.
Immediate neighbours asked for reassurance that there would be no adverse impact on their properties from a higher risk of flooding. Some asked whether they would be able to buy land adjacent to their properties. The College’s senior management team and planning consultants are now reviewing all of the feedback to see whether changes can be made to accommodate the concerns raised. The College aims to submit its proposal for outline planning permission in May 2018.
Thank you to those who attended the consultation exhibition and for taking the time to provide your feedback. For further updates, and news and progress, please return to this page which we will keep updated as our plans unfold.
Last updated: Tuesday 27th March 2018