Vision of college moves a step closer to reality
PLANS for Ashford’s multimillion pound learning campus have taken a big leap forward.
The £46million college development, planned for scrubland next to the railway line between Elwick Road and Vic- toria Road, was considered by the borough council’s planning committee last Wednesday.
The four-storey building, due to open in September 2009, will be inspired by the town’s links to the railways as well as appearing like stacked books.
Permission was granted for the South Kent College cam- pus in Jemmett Road, South Ashford, to be demolished and 241 homes built. Money from the sale of land will be spent on the new campus.
The college will cater for up to 14,000 students, with courses in construction, engineering, performing arts and retail, as well as academic subjects.
Acting principal of South Kent College, Penny Wycherley said: “This is an exciting project. The vision was to provide a state-of-the-art campus to serve communities in and around Ashford and this is what it will be.”
Construction work is to start in January. The application will be referred to the secretary of state for final approval.