THE creation of a new £125 million campus for North Devon College at Seven Brethren in Barnstaple looks set to be delayed for a few months," it has emerged. Money from the Government looks likely to take longer to come through after the Learning and Skil
THE creation of a new £125 million campus for North Devon College at Seven Brethren in Barnstaple looks set to be delayed "for a few months," it has emerged.Money from the Government looks likely to take longer to come through after the Learning and Skills Council announced some decisions on development proposals would be delayed from December until March.The LSC has insisted there is no freeze on its national £2.3 billion spending programme, but that the delay was due to an increase in demand for funding and a need to look at the effects of the economic downturn.It has taken the decision to look at all current funding bids before making any further spending commitments.But the faculty at North Devon College has said the announcement did not alter its ambitions for a £125 million project, with a new campus in Barnstaple and a skills centre for Bideford."We have every confidence in our project and the hard work that has gone into getting us to where we are now," said College Principal David Dodd."We expect it to move forward once the LSC has resumed decision-making on funding."The LSC's work may add a few months to the overall process but it does not change the fact that the new college represents one of the most exciting developments in North Devon and Torridge for decades."The planning application for the scheme was now with North Devon College and a decision was awaited in March, he added.And he said further exciting developments were in the pipeline, following the merger with East Devon College at Tiverton."Plans are being formulated for additional investment in developments at our Tiverton campus, a new campus in East Devon and centres in rural North Devon and Torridge," he said."We will release further details on these exciting projects, later in the year.