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NEW LOOK: Stanmore College submits ambitious redevelopment plans

 Published on: 9th December 2023   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Uncategorized

Plans for the redevelopment of Stanmore College are causing controversy within the local community.

If the planning application is approved, it will see the phased demolition of the college’s six existing buildings and the construction of five linked blocks up to four storeys tall on the site in Elm Park.

The college says the redevelopment will provide “high-quality teaching and sporting facilities” in sustainable and modern buildings. This will include a state-of-the-art gym, health and wellbeing studios, and dance/yoga studios. The facilities will be available for use by both college students and the local community.

However, some residents have spoken out about the plans.

This includes a Tudor Well Close resident who fears that the proposal to restore an entrance on Elm Park will lead to an increase in traffic problems and anti-social behaviour.

They told STANMOREnews: “The proposal to restore the Elm Park entrance as the principal place for entry and exit will have a fundamentally adverse effect on that road.

“Already this year there have been incidents of vandalism, drug taking and anti-social behaviour on the Manor Gardens Estate.

“There are daily incidents of shoplifting in Sainsbury’s and vandalism in the Bernays Gardens, so much so that the gardens are closed during the week.”

A spokesperson for Stanmore College said: “The college has long-term aspirations to grow and improve its facilities for students, teachers, and the wider community. We are looking to redevelop the existing buildings to provide high-quality teaching and sports facilities, and new amenity spaces for the community we serve.”

The plans also include provisions for 80 car parking spaces, 80 cycle spaces, and the implementation of sustainability measures such as solar panels and natural ventilation.

Should the application be approved, work is expected to start soon after, with the new facilities to open in summer 2027.

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