Council receives funding to regenerate former New College site

Telford
& Wrekin Council has been awarded nearly two and a half million pounds to
support a new mixed use development at the former New College site in
Wellington.

The Edwardian school building is not part of the demolition plans
The Edwardian school building is not part of the demolition plans

The council
applied to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) “Get
Building Fund to accelerate building projects following the coronavirus
pandemic lockdown.

In making
the award of £2.38million, the MHCLG said: “The project will unlock
this site, delivering new residential units and incorporating sustainability
in design.”

Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet is being
asked to formally approve the acceptance of the funding when it meets on
November 5.

A site wide masterplan has been developed which
includes a scheme  comprising 64
apartments and 10 bungalows within an Extra Care environment.  

Proposals also include a further 21 new homes for
market rent which are to be brought forward by Nuplace Ltd (the councils wholly
owned housing company).

Cabinet is also being asked to approve the sale of
land at the former New College site.

Earlier
this year, the Council submitted a planning application to demolish the modern
college buildings, leaving the Edwardian school building. Demolition work is
due later this year.

Subject
to planning consent for the development proposals, building work could start
next year.  

Councillor
David Wright, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said:
“Having worked hard to submit the bid against very short timescales we welcome
this funding which will help us deliver the next phase of the redevelopment of
the former New College site.

“Earlier
this year, we applied for permission to demolish the modern college buildings
and, as part of that, we applied for government funding to go towards the new
buildings on the site which will provide a great opportunity to bring new
investment into Wellington.

“We are
working on a detailed scheme for the site which we will publish in due course
and will be subject to planning permission.”

Councillor
Lee Carter added: “This is a very positive development for College Ward and
will represent a significant and welcome regeneration project on one of the key
entrances to Wellington. Investment of this significance into the Ward is a
once in a generation opportunity and we can be excited about the transformation
it has potential to bring.”

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