College unveils proposals to build affordable homes at campus site

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Up to 25 ‘affordable’ homes are proposed to be built at Brooksby Melton College’s King Street campus site in Melton.

The college has unveiled proposals to redevelop the site, currently used by a handful of performing arts teachers, into a mix of one and two bedroom apartments available for rent.

The site, owned by Melton Mowbray Town Estate, is leased to the college.

The college is set to submit a planning application in February. If approved, the leasehold would be granted to a nominated housing association by the college.

Members of the public were invited to have their say on the King Street campus proposals at an exhibition held at the college’s Brooksby site on Tuesday, December 9 and Asfordby Road campus on Wednesday, December 10.

Also on show were the college’s proposals to offer its Spinney campus, in Melton Road, Brooksby, to a developer to potentially build 70 dwellings, rural enterprise units and a village store as well as plans to improve facilities at Melton Theatre.

Signet Planning associate Jamie Pyper said: “All being well we’d look to submit a planning application for the sites in February 2015 with work commencing on the Spinney development in mid June 2016.

“The public have flagged up a few minor concerns about the Spinney site which included junction access and concerns from nearby residents on the impact it would have on primary school places.”

Capital generated from the Spinney campus redevelopment will provide the college with the necessary funding to deliver educational and other benefits in Melton and Brooksby.

The college also intends to seek planning permission to carry out maintenance and repair work to its Grade II listed Brooksby Hall - centrepiece of its Brooksby campus.

College principal Chris Ball said: “Generally people have been really supportive and understood the idea behind all four proposals. We were alerted to concerns about increased traffic at the Spinney site but we’re consulting with the Highways Agency who will help us refine our plans.”