Campus development part of wider strategy

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A proposed £15.6m redevelopment of two Sheffield College campuses is due to get the council green light next week.

Planning permission is being recommended to extend Hillsborough College and the Olive Grove engineering centre. The changes are being lined up by the Sheffield College as part of a reorganisation that will see the Norton campus closing in the summer of next year, with staff, students and courses switching to either Hillsborough or Peaks from September 2015.

At Hillsborough, the £8.8m strategy includes a theatre, drama and dance studios to help the prospects of students looking to join the performing arts. The 10-year-old building will accommodate double the number of students and staff, the council is being told.

Council officers say there are no planning obstacles and are advising the all-clear is given next Tuesday. One of the proposed conditions is the college paying £20,000 towards a cycle route.

The Olive Grove Road scheme involves replacing the front section of the building with a four-storey block. “The limited car parking is not viewed as problematic as the location ensure the site is in close proximity to a variety of public transport links,” says a council report.

It adds: “Overall the development will present an excellent and welcome addition to the local street scene, enhancing the college’s educational offer within the city.”

Approval is also recommended next Tuesday.

Two-thirds of the funding for the proposed redevelopments is coming from the national Skills Funding Agency. The college is to pay the remaining £5.6m