Are there any plans or initial discussions to build on Jerico campus site off of Constitution Hill Road
Dear Sir or Madam,
Please can you release any information which details if there are any initial discussions or plans to sell off the Jerico campus site. If so, would this land be used for housing? in particular social housing?
Dear R Andrews,
I acknowledge receipt of your email request for information under
the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 concerning
The College's Plans in respect of "Jerico Campus".
To enable me to respond accurately to your request please confirm
that you are referring to The College's Lower Constitution Hill
site. This site is the location for the Jellico Theatre.
Dear Sue Ratcliffe,
Thanks for your reply.
Yes this is the site i mean - the one that backs to Felton Road.
Dear R. Andrews,
I hope it is acceptable to you but I would like to explain The
College's position regarding the Constitution Hill Site before I
find out from you which documents you wish me to disclose under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.
The College had very exciting plans for a capital build project and
made an application to the Government through the Learning and
Skills Council's "Building Colleges of the Future" Programme. This
was a for a complete rebuild of the North Road site and a part new
build and refurbishment of the Lansdowne Site in Bournemouth.
Approval in Principle was granted to The College in April 2008 by
the Learning and Skills Council and preparatory work started. We
were then successful in obtaining planning permission for both
The College's did plan to sell the Constitution Hill Site, to help
towards the cost of the new capital build project. There were no
contracts in place, no firm offers, but some exploratory meetings
did take place with possible developers of the site. Then in
December 2008 the Learning and Skills Council told The College that
we could not go ahead with the whole project, we could only apply
for Approval in Detail for one project. Our Board agreed we would
apply for approval of the Bournemouth project because the buidings
were worse than in Poole.
This meant we would have to wait for the Poole project and the
early discussions about the future of Constitution Hill were
stopped. Any plans for Constitution Hill were dependent on
re-providing the facilities at North Road and that cannot now
happen. The Lower Constitution Hill site is still a full
operational site which houses all of our performing arts and
health, care and education provision.
The College along with many others nationally were told that that
the Learning and Skills Council had run out of money and a report
into the Building Colleges for the Future programme concluided that
it was mismanaged by the Learning and Skills Council.
Due to this situation, The College cannot go ahead with any of its
proposals and the Lower Constitution Hill Site will remain in
operation for the forseeable future.
If this is the information that you wanted, then that is great, if
you can indicate what sort of information you want me to release to
you under the Freedom of information Act then I will be happy to do
so, if appropriate. There may be some Board minutes (which are
available on our website) which may talk about possible future use
of the site, but there are no contracts or offers etc. on the site.
I hope this helps, please let me know if you want anything else.
Dear Sue Ratcliffe,
Thank you for your detailed response. This does help me and i do not feel i need to go any further with the request.
Many thanks for your prompt response.
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