New education plans to be decided today

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Scarborough Council planning officers have recommended that a new University and technical college for the town be approved.

The final decisions for the two buildings will be made at a planning meeting at the Town Hall today.

The borough-council-backed Coventry University Scarborough Campus and Scarborough University Technical College (UTC) are both proposed to be built on the Weaponness coach and car park.

The plans for both have been going through the planning process and have now finished the public consultation stage ahead of today’s decision by councillors.

In May the leisure village section of the project was approved, including a new stadium which will be home to Scarborough Athletic Football Club.

Leader of Scarborough Council, Cllr Derek Bastiman sent an update to his fellow councillors earlier this month.

In it he said: “Progress 
continues at great pace in relation to both these projects with the objective of planning permissions being determined in July, rapid commencement on site and both new builds being opened in September 2016. In relation to the UTC, Tim Englefield has recently been appointed as principal and will take up his post this September.

“Both organisations have taken up temporary office accommodation in the Town Hall as their respective projects are progressed.”

At a meeting in Scarborough last month Mr Englefield revealed that the UTC had already enrolled three students ahead of its anticipated opening in 2016.

The UTC will take students from the age of 14. Coventry University has started a recruitment campaign for teaching and administrative staff.

The Weaponness Valley Community Group has said it still has major concerns about the impact the plans will have on the area.

Chairman Jim Lidgley said MP Robert Goodwill shares their concerns over the lack of access and the parking issues that could come about if permission was granted.

The group will make its opposition known to councillors at today’s meeting.

Close to 100 further objections have also been submitted to the council opposing the building of the two institutions.

However, a number of local employers, including McCain and Unison, have written to the authority, urging it to pass the applications, which would see more than 1,000 students be based on the campus.