Facelift plan for college

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COLLEGE bosses were hoping a multi-million revamp to a campus in Bury St Edmunds did not hit a brick wall yesterday, after conservationists objected to plans.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development control committee was due to decide on an application by West Suffolk College to demolish the single storey Burma House to create a new three storey face to the campus from Out Risbygate.

The multi million pound scheme faced a stumbling block as the college said it also needed to demolish, move and rebuild a grade II listed redbrick wall, prompting objections from the Victorian Society, a local resident and Suffolk County Council’s archaeological service.

A council report said that some of the college buildings date back to 1959 and were ‘beyond their useful life’ while the new building will be the main entrance to the campus.

The college has already had to scale down as mass redevelopment after the previous Government pulled the plug on funding – the main building Suffolk House will no longer be replaced.

Instead the board of University Campus Suffolk have agreed a £1.8 million grant to this towards the internal and external refurbishment of Suffolk House for the delivery of university level teaching.

More than 700 students are studying for degree level courses at the campus.