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Ambitious plans to revamp Stourbridge college campus set to be approved
6:00pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
PLANS to revamp the Stourbridge campus of the Birmingham Metropolitan College look set to be approved by Dudley planners.
College bosses want to extend the reception area on the Hagley Road site to create a “striking point of entry to the building”.
The extension would also provide space for the health and social care faculty, which is currently housed within a single-storey building to the south of the site and would be demolished if approval was granted, as it does not meet modern standards.
A previous plan to alter the college’s main entrance , submitted to Dudley Council last year, was met with fury from local residents, who claimed it would “look like an alien space ship has landed”.
The plan was later withdrawn by the college.
There seems to be less animosity towards the new plans, as only five letters of objection have been received by the council, stating that the design was not in keeping with the surrounding area and it would have a detrimental impact on heritage assets.
However a report submitted to the council’s development control committee, ahead of the meeting on Tuesday (October 8), recommends that the application should be approved, subject to conditions.
The report states: “The proposed development is considered as acceptable in principle with there being no detrimental impact on highway safety or residential amenity as a result of the proposed scheme.
“The design of the proposed extension is considered to have a neutral impact on the surrounding heritage areas.”
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