A huge boost has been delivered to Barnstaple with the news that North Devon College has won its bid for £100 million to relocate to Seven Brethren - and it is hoped the move will kick start efforts to turn the site into the jewel in the town s crown. The

A huge boost has been delivered to Barnstaple with the news that North Devon College has won its bid for £100 million to relocate to Seven Brethren - and it is hoped the move will kick start efforts to turn the site into the jewel in the town's crown.The stunning news has been nervously anticipated since the bid to move 3,000-plus learners from the existing site at nearby Sticklepath was announced 18 months ago.The bulk of the funding has come from the Learning and Skills Council, together with substantial help from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, South West RDA and the University of Plymouth.Set between the Leisure Centre car park and the Tarka Tennis Centre, the new state-of-the-art college complex will feature a theatre, sports facilities, restaurants plus hair and beauty salons which will be available to the whole community.The heart of Barnstaple looks set to be transformed, as North Devon District Council intends to work alongside the college to further its own plans for redeveloping an under-used brown field site into something special.Council Leader Mike Harrison said there were a number of exciting prospects for Seven Brethren site."This is a red letter day for Barnstaple and unprecedented since, perhaps, the railway came to town and it will have a terrific knock-on effect," he said.n Page Two: New college to have dramatic impact.