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Proposals for Houghall expansion approved

FUTURE LOOK: An image of what the extension to Houghall Campus could look like.

FUTURE LOOK: An image of what the extension to Houghall Campus could look like.

A PROJECT which will see £30million worth of redevelopment carried out to another college has been approved.

East Durham College says the proposals will secure 101 jobs and create another 101 at its Houghall Campus on the outskirts of Durham.

In addition to adding extra capacity for students, it will pump more cash into the city’s economy and secure its future, helping education bosses as they strive to make it one of the leading land-based training providers in the country. New sheds for livestock and new classrooms, laboratories and better IT facilities will be installed. College principal Suzanne Duncan has expressed her delight after Durham County Council approved the application.

She added: “With planning permission granted, the college now has a much greater chance of securing capital funding which could mean a positive public announcement in the near future.”

The college added demand from North East students to study at Houghall is increasing year-on-year and by September 2015 it is envisaged that over 1,100 students will sign 
up.

 

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