New college for Basildon given the go-ahead

New college for Basildon given the go-ahead

New college for Basildon given the go-ahead

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A NEW college for Basildon town centre has been given the green light by councillors.
 

Residents and councillors packed out the council meeting on Tuesday evening to discuss the plans to build the £30million South Essex College in the town.

The plans had been earmarked for approval and now conditional planning permission has been granted.

But the proposals met with fierce opposition from campaigners who said an agreement would likely mean the old college in Nethermayne will be sold off to allow a major housing development of up to 850 homes on land, including the neighbouring Dry Street wildlife haven.

Campaigners called the plans 'third rate' and 'ill conceived' yet the decision wasn't discussed alongside the plans to sell off Dry Street land as it is a different planning application.

Councillors Williams, Archibald and Bennett initially called for the meeting to be deferred until the forthcoming decision on selling the Nethermayne site had been made but this was rejected.

Representatives from the college said the move was a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity that would improve parking in the town centre, and bring more job opportunities.


 

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9:03am Wed 30 Jan 13

gumbley says...

Another example of Tory destruction. Why not improve the existing College in both a buildings sense and in improving the range of courses and the quality of teaching and learning? Answer is of course we would rather build on Green Space in Dry Street, despite what we said years ago about returning Dry Street to Green Belt. Plus of course it's not in Billericay! Same old Tories!
Another example of Tory destruction. Why not improve the existing College in both a buildings sense and in improving the range of courses and the quality of teaching and learning? Answer is of course we would rather build on Green Space in Dry Street, despite what we said years ago about returning Dry Street to Green Belt. Plus of course it's not in Billericay! Same old Tories! gumbley
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10:26am Wed 30 Jan 13

Cosmo Spring says...

it'll probably be like the regeneration of Laindon Shopping Centre.

All hot air, false promises demolition and then nothing....
it'll probably be like the regeneration of Laindon Shopping Centre. All hot air, false promises demolition and then nothing.... Cosmo Spring
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11:48am Wed 30 Jan 13

BasildonFlossie says...

I must say that I agree totally with gumbley and Cosmo Spring. The Tories have been in charge for 10 years in Basildon and what regeneration has taken place? None unless you count the destruction of green open space in all the new town areas but of course not in Billericay which is where most of the Tories come from.
I must say that I agree totally with gumbley and Cosmo Spring. The Tories have been in charge for 10 years in Basildon and what regeneration has taken place? None unless you count the destruction of green open space in all the new town areas but of course not in Billericay which is where most of the Tories come from. BasildonFlossie
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4:25pm Thu 31 Jan 13

jolllyboy says...

The movement of the college to the town centre will deter me from visiting Basildon because it will be like southend. Basildon is already busy and full in the town centre for shopping. I feel sorry for the people of basildon in the evenings now too.
This has to be the worst decision they have made. the shops in southend are 1 in 5 shut now so do not think having students there will increase spending.
The movement of the college to the town centre will deter me from visiting Basildon because it will be like southend. Basildon is already busy and full in the town centre for shopping. I feel sorry for the people of basildon in the evenings now too. This has to be the worst decision they have made. the shops in southend are 1 in 5 shut now so do not think having students there will increase spending. jolllyboy
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