Plans for Northampton College’s new £6.5 million building in Daventry will be put on display to the public later this month.
The plans are being developed following the college’s successful bid to the South East Midlands Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) for £6.5M of funding from the Local Growth Fund for a completely new centre in the town that will offer vocational training for young people and adults.
The college is currently developing a planning application to build a completely new centre on its existing site at Badby Road West.
This option has been deemed most appropriate to enable the college to retain sports facilities on site, develop an enhanced campus and provide a better learning environment for students.
The government grant was awarded on condition that the college invests match funding from its own resources and to achieve this, an additional planning application will be submitted to re-develop part of the current college site for residential purposes.
Construction is due to start in September 2015 and it is planned that the new centre will open its doors in autumn 2016.
The centre will provide places for 700 students, including 200 Apprenticeships, and will focus on developing the skills identified as central to the local economy.
The public consultation exhibition on the housing development aspect of these plans will be open at the college’s current location in Badby Road West on Friday, January 30, between 4pm and 8pm and Saturday, January 31, between 9am and noon.
Members of the development team and college managers will be available to answer visitors’ questions. Comments on the plans will be collected at the event or via the college website and can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
Principal Pat Brennan-Barrett said: “As a college, our ambition is to be the first choice for training and education in Daventry and our plans demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the town and the local community.
“We now have exciting plans to share with the community and we hope that local people will come and see our plans for themselves. We want to hear their views on our proposals to help us prepare a detailed planning application”.