Homes scheme at old cam­pus is ap­proved

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews -

PLAN­NING chiefs have given the green light for the construction of 144 homes at the for­mer River­side College Run­corn cam­pus.

Out­line per­mis­sion has been pre­vi­ously granted for up to 120 prop­er­ties and a par­al­lel ap­pli­ca­tion has been sub­mit­ted for an­other 20 at the site.

Hal­ton Coun­cil’s de­vel­op­ment con­trol com­mit­tee gave the go-ahead for both schemes at Run­corn Town Hall.

The full ap­pli­ca­tion was for a mix of two, three and four bed­room houses plus a canal­side four-storey block with 32 twobed­room apart­ments, which will re­place 10 four-bed town houses ini­tially ap­proved un­der the out­line plan­ning per­mis­sion.

Coun­cil­lors sit­ting on the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s de­vel­op­ment con­trol com­mit­tee de­cided the mat­ter in a pub­lic meet­ing at Run­corn Town Hall at 6.30pm on Mon­day, July 2. Ob­jec­tions were re­ceived from one res­i­dent who said that Run­corn needs a college cam­pus far more than ‘far more than pri­vate prop­erty moguls’, as well as the Run­corn Locks And Restora­tion So­ci­ety (RLRS) and the Man­ches­ter Ship Canal Com­pany (MSCC).

A coun­cil re­port pub­lished ahead of Mon­day’s meet­ing said the RLRS has sub­mit­ted al­ter­na­tive plans for the site, which would trans­form it into a ma­rina with shops, a nurs­ery and ju­nior school in the college build­ing plus a mar­itime college and af­ford­able hous­ing.

A letter from the RLRS said its own plans would pro­vide a tourism boost and cre­ate jobs.

Dis­cus­sions are re­ported to be un­der way to re­solve is­sues re­lat­ing to prox­im­ity to the grade-two listed Bridgewater House on an ad­ja­cent site.

The £8m Run­corn cam­pus closed in 2011 hav­ing opened nine years ear­lier in 2002. It was as­signed to teach mainly vo­ca­tional GNVQ cour­ses to up to 1,000 full-time and 1,500 part-time students. Fol­low­ing its clo­sure, 22 non-teach­ing jobs were axed and 620 students trans­ferred to Widnes.

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