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College’s new site moves step closer

Thursday, 19 September 2013

THE relocation of Barnet and Southgate College to an alternative site in Colindale has moved another step closer to reality.

Last Wednesday, Barnet Council’s planning and environment committee allowed the college, which is currently located in Grahame Park Way, to drop an obligation to provide a number of facilities for community use, including an education and leisure centre and a multi-purpose sports pitch at its current site.

The college is planning to relocate to a new site in Lanacre Avenue, close to Colindale Tube station.

The council has already granted planning permission for a six-storey residential block with community facilities on the site, but the college wants to replace those plans with a new four-storey college building and library.

David Byrne, the college’s principal, said: “Plans are moving ahead for our new campus in Lanacre Avenue near the Tube station in Colindale.

“Our aim is to create a new and modern college facility of the highest quality, bringing education and training closer to the local community.

“It is planned for the new building to open in September 2015 when we will continue to specialise in hairdressing and construction courses, plus other exciting subjects.”

The council, which is supporting the move, said that the changes would enable the college to be rebuilt on a site better suited to 21st-century teaching.

As part of the council’s Colindale Area Action Plan, the Grahame Park Way site has been earmarked for a housing development and new primary school.

A planning application for the college’s new site is expected to be submitted later this year.

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