Telford College says it is delighted to have secured a deal which will see the former New College Telford campus playing a key role in the regeneration of Wellington.
Telford & Wrekin Council has completed a deal to acquire the King Street site, which has been empty since the completion of the merger between Telford College of Arts and Technology, and New College Telford.
Confirming the deal, the council said: “This is a large site in a key community, and the council
taking on ownership will mean that it can be assured that the site’s future can complement and support Wellington’s wider regeneration.
“The town is one of two locations in the borough chosen for the council’s bids for the Government’s ¬£675 million Future High Streets fund, while Wellington is one of a number of towns in the borough to get extra funding through the council’s Pride in Our High Streets initiative.
“The next steps will be to develop a masterplan for the redevelopment of the New College site over the coming months which will include continued consideration of proposals for education provision, including special school provision, alongside other complimentary uses.”
Graham Guest, principal and chief executive of Telford College, said: “We have been negotiating with the local authority over the future of this site for many months, and are delighted to have finally been able to get a sale secured.
“This is a high-profile and valuable community asset in the heart of Wellington, and the council has assured local residents that regeneration plans for the site will be developed with the involvement of local people.”