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£60MILLION: Plans approved for redevelopment of Stanmore College

 Published on: 6th February 2024   |   By: Sophia Sheera   |   Category: Uncategorized

Plans submitted by Stanmore College to demolish six existing buildings and construct five new interlinked blocks were unanimously approved at a Harrow Council Planning Committee meeting on January 4.

Stanmore College submitted its planning application on October 16, 2023, as part of the final stage of Boris Johnson’s £1.6billion rebuilding programme aimed at 16 colleges with out-of-date facilities across the UK. In April 2021, it was announced that Stanmore College was one of the lucky colleges to receive the life-changing grant.

The £60million transformation of the college in Elm Park will see the sports hall, dining room and laboratories redeveloped for the first time since the 1960s.

A spokesperson for Stanmore College said: “We are utterly thrilled that Harrow Council has awarded planning permission for our state-of-the-art inclusive campus development.

“This fits seamlessly with our college’s strategic plan 2023-28 which will put the college firmly in the heart of its community.  It will provide an outstanding learning environment that supports our ambitions to reflect modern and future ways of working.”

The proposal was agreed unanimously by Harrow councillors, despite some residents’ concerns that the redevelopment project would see the number of students increase by roughly 1,840 to a new total student population of 3,530.

In order to minimise disruption, a condition of approval reads that students’ entry and exit times will be staggered, with the number of students on site at any given time during construction works limited to 900.

Councillor Zak Wagman explained that as long as the college signs the condition of approval document from Harrow Council, the school will be free to arrange for constructors to redevelop the site.

It is hoped that residents’ concerns around traffic and parking issues, as well as students’ anti-social behaviour, will also be improved by the construction of better facilities.

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