Vi­sion of col­lege moves a step closer to re­al­ity

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Kirsty Parkin

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.

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