Plans for the new Northampton College building in Daventry have been approved by the planning committee.
The college received the green light on Wednesday night from the committee to go ahead with its plans to deliver a new, state of the art educational facility.
The plans are being developed following the college’s successful bid to the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) for £6.5 million of funding for a completely new campus in the town that will offer vocational training for young people and adults.
The government grant was awarded on condition that the College invests match funding from its own resources.
The college says sale of part of the current land at Badby Road West for housing is critical to this plan.
Facilities in the new college will include specialist workshops for engineering and science labs, as well as library facilities and learning resources. There will be contemporary hairdressing and beauty therapy salons, ICT suites, teaching space for healthcare and childcare plus dedicated provision for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Construction is due to start as soon as approval has been ratified and it is planned that the new centre will open its doors in autumn 2016. The College will remain open during construction as the new campus will be built alongside existing facilities at Badby Road West.
The centre will provide places for 700 students, including 200 apprenticeships, and will focus on developing the skills identified as central to the local economy.
Northampton College is now working on a new curriculum for the centre that will appeal to young people, adults and local businesses.
Principal Pat Brennan-Barrett said: “We are delighted with the outcome of the planning committee and the level of support from Daventry district councillors who have backed our plans to improve educational provision in the town.
“As a college, our ambition is to be the first choice for training and education in Daventry and our plans demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the town and the local community.”
The college is now committed to retaining green open space on the site and has included three sports pitches.
Provision has been made for 90 car parking spaces including an area for coaches to pick up and set down as well as secure storage for cycles and motorcycles.