PLANS for an iconic new North Devon College alongside the River Taw have been publicly unveiled and now local people are being asked to give their views on the £100 million proposals. Exhibitions in Green Lanes and Barnstaple Library last week attracted 5
PLANS for an iconic new North Devon College alongside the River Taw have been publicly unveiled and now local people are being asked to give their views on the £100 million proposals.Exhibitions in Green Lanes and Barnstaple Library last week attracted 500 people to see the plans for the stunning new development and comment on the college's proposals to relocate there from its current site on Old Sticklepath Hill, which it has occupied since 1953.Consultations will continue throughout the summer before a planning application is submitted in September.Comments can be sent to Liz Gwynn at the college.The futuristic new college on the Seven Brethren Bankis being described as a "cathedral for learning" at the heart of the community, which will enable it to play "a leading role in the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region."Highlights will include stunning riverside views, environmental features, state-of-the-art workshop facilities, new sports facilities to compliment those of the adjacent Tarka Tennis Centre, contemporary atrium meeting places, and a riverside walk.Facilities will include a 200-seat theatre, restaurants and coffee bars, a hair and beauty salon and an "innovation centre" providing facilities for fledgling firms.A new park and ride facility is planned on the edge of Barnstaple to help access the college.The development will be the largest single infrastructure development in North Devon and one of the largest educational new builds anywhere in the country.It is hoped to start building next year and to open the new college in September 2011.College principal David Dodd said: "This is a brilliant opportunity for North Devon and Torridge and a great investment in the area. We hope it will drive up the aspirations of the people and businesses in the area.With its learning, training and community facilities the ambition is that within two years of its opening everyone in North Devon will have gone through its doors.