UTC will mark a ‘new era’ for youngsters

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THE new University Technical College (UTC) is likely to move a step closer to being completed following a meeting next week.

A planning application for the UTC, to be built on Ashby Road in Daventry has been submitted and will be determined at a meeting of Daventry District Council’s (DDC) planning committee on Wednesday.

Council officers have recommended the plans for approval and one of the councillors believe that it will be of major benefit to the town.

Cllr Chris Over, DDCs economic, employment and regeneration portfolio holder, said: “This is a new era for education in the town and I think it is great news for the people of the town.

“I think this is going to extend the educational options available for children between the ages of 14 and 19.

“There are a lot of people who have raised concerns about the standards of education and I hope this will go some way to allay those fears.”

He also paid tribute to the people who have worked to bring the UTC to Daventry.

Cllr Over added: “There has been a lot of work carried out by directors and officials to bring this to Daventry and I hope it will go smoothly through the planning process.”

However the Highways Authority has thrown a spanner into the works by advising that there are 35 extra parking spaces for the site which will bring the total to 75.

This is expected to be resolved after planning permission has been granted.

The UTC is expected to be ready for September 2013 and will cater for up to 600 students giving them the chance to take up full-time technically-orientated courses.

It will cost £10 million to build and has been spearheaded by Moulton College in conjunction with several partners, including DDC and both the town’s secondary schools.

Last month, David Edmondson, 47, was appointed as the principal for the town’s new college.

The college is one of only 13 in the country to be given the green light after the Department for Education confirmed Daventry as a successful bidder.

Parents and carers of children moving into Year 10 or 12 in September 2013 who are interested in applying to the Daventry UTC can fill in a form online at www.