The building of a new ‘employability and skills centre’ at Leyland’s Runshaw College looks set to get planning approval.
South Ribble Council’s planning officers have recommended the scheme for the Langdale Road campus be given the green light at a planning meeting this week.
They argue that because the project replaces a previously approved application for a performing arts theatre, which would have been larger than the current proposals, the plan is ‘not considered to unduly impact on neighbouring residential properties’.
Officers added that the provision of 20 extra car parking spaces at the site, also included in the new plans, ‘will help alleviate some of the parking problems historically linked with the college.’
The plan is to demolish the ageing Borrowdale building and provide ‘up-to-date purpose-designed teaching facilities for training students in essential skills required to secure employment’.
There will also be a new student café.
Objections have been raised by one resident due to the potential increase in traffic.
But the council report says that “the application proposes a replacement building which has less floor space than the existing building, and will not result in an increase in staff or pupil numbers.”
Lancashire County Council’s Highways team is not opposed to the scheme, and welcomes the extra car parking provision.
The report to go before the planning committee on Wednesday adds that work on that car park has already started, as part of an extension to sports provision.
It reads: “A 20-space car park is also proposed adjacent to the Hawkshead building, which recently gained planning permission for an extension.
“It is understood this car park has been commenced as part of the building works for the Hawkshead extension.”