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Askham Bryan College maps out a vision for the future
A MULTI-MILLION-POUND expansion is being planned for Askham Bryan College, near York, mapping out its development for up to 15 years.
College chiefs will today reveal full details of an ambitious project, which would see its animal management centre redeveloped and expanded with two new buildings through the first phase of a three-stage scheme.
The college, which runs land-based courses, is also intending to create a larger equine unit by moving it to the west side of its campus, where it would include indoor and outdoor riding schools, stables, paddocks and a polo ground, while new livestock buildings are also among proposals submitted to City of York Council. The third and final phase of the work would include a three-storey accommodation block for up to 300 students and a new teaching block and workshop.
About 1,200 students attend the college, with 300 living on site. In a letter to the council, town planning consultant Jennifer Hibbard said different elements of the masterplan may have been drawn up individually, as and when they were needed, but for the council’s emerging Local Plan development blueprint which aims to establish a permanent York green belt for the first time.
She said this, together with “significant” recent increases in student numbers, had given the college the “impetus and opportunity” to draw up a full development plan.
Her letter said: “In its own field of land-based education, Askham Bryan College enjoys a similar national reputation to other York ‘institutions’, such as the university and the racecourse, both of which in recent years have expanded and developed their facilities within the general extent of the green belt.
“These developments have been supported by the council in recognition of their importance to the national and international prestige of the city and its economy.
“It is hoped that submitting proposals which, in effect, represent a comprehensive development plan for the college for the next ten to 15 years will provide a clear picture of how the college sees its future and continued contribution to the educational and social life of the city.”
The college is also used outside term time by many organisations for meetings, courses and events, as well as for weddings and other celebrations.
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