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Public consultation on Petroc’s £10.8m revamp

By NDJNicole  |  Posted: March 21, 2014

Public consultation on Petroc’s £10.8m revamp

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A CONSULTATION is currently taking place over £10.8 million redevelopment plans for Barnstaple’s largest college.

Petroc secured funding for the redevelopment which will create facilities for tourism, lifestyle, engineering and manufacturing students.

The college secured the funding as part of the Government’s College Capital Investment Fund last year.

If plans are approved work could start on the scheme next April and could be finished by September 2015.

The new facilities will create a new working space for engineering, manufacturing, motor vehicle, lifestyle, tourism, hairdressing, beauty therapy and hospitality students.

Facilities will also include a range of public salons, a glass-fronted restaurant and a new lifestyle and tourism centre.

Members of the public can view the plans at the college today and tomorrow.

Jason Quinn, estates manager at the college, said the exhibition was going well.

He said: “The main point is that these are all proposals. We wanted to give the public the opportunity to have their say and to help with the development of Petroc. We look at Petroc as part of the community.

“It is not just about our current students, it is also about our future students.

“The public consultation period is for us to get feedback on our current proposals. We then have time to take on board feedback.”

Neil Hookway, director of resources at Petroc, said people living nearby were informed of the consultation and plans.

He said: “We liaised with neighbours, we hand delivered newsletters. We have had no negative comments, it has all been positive.”

Rowan Bartlett, 17, is a student at the college. He said: “The plans are quite interesting, it is a lot bigger than I thought it would be.”

The college hope to submit their full planning application for the development at the end of the month.

Members of the public can view the plans at the college today until 8pm and tomorrow between 10am and 4.30pm.

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