£3m college build set to be granted

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Planning bosses are set to rubber-stamp a £3m development of a Leyland college.

Runshaw College has applied to re-configure its existing library and create a two-storey extension to replace the existing single storey building.

This will mean they can provide open-plan study areas and relocate all library services, which are currently spread across the Langdale Road campus, to one building.

South Ribble Council’s planning committee are expected to approve the plans despite some objections by neighbours.

Four people objected to the plans, saying the development would have a detrimental impact on the area due to the removal of a belt of trees currently at the front of the building, noise and disturbance the construction would create, and the design and scale of the proposal.

The project is the latest in the institution’s multi-million pound redevelopment programme, which included the recently completed Mardale refectory, £1.5m student services building, and the visitors entrance and administration building.

Planning committee members are expected to approve plans if the college agrees to limit construction to specified times and submits plans to replace any trees which will are to be removed.