College Await Verdict On Plans To Upgrade Accommodation
Plans to upgrade the current substandard and outdated student rooms at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus are to be decided upon by Durham County Council on 12th July.
East Durham College (EDC) have submitted plans for 198 student rooms on their Houghall Campus, to the south east of Durham City, within a newly erected purpose built student accommodation block.
The plans also include the refurbishment of Weardale House, built in 1938, to provide a further 24 student beds.
The new accommodation would replace substandard outdated buildings currently used for housing students with high quality, purpose-built facilities, fit for purpose in the modern age.
The application will be decided at the Durham County Council Central and East Area Planning Committee on Tuesday 12th July, with Planners recommending that the application be approved.
The accommodation is just one part of EDC’s plans to modernise facilities and offer higher level course.
The Houghall Campus last year saw proposals approved by Durham County Council for new buildings associated with animal husbandry and agricultural teaching. Future plans include the provision of new facilities for teaching.
Suzanne Duncan, Principal of East Durham College said: “The approval of this application by Durham County Council will go a long way to help secure East Durham College as a leading provider of education. I am pleased that the planning officer’s report has recommended that the application be approved, and confirmed that the proposals are in line with planning policy.
“Our further expansion plans for educational buildings require in the region of £10million of investment.
"This student housing development will help contribute towards the long-term development plans of the college, so a positive decision would be a massive step forward towards making these plans a reality.”