AMBITIOUS plans to transform a college and build up to 120 homes have gone on display.
Fareham College has launched its final round of public consultation on its plans for the Bishopsfield Road site.
Principal Nigel Duncan invited 350 nearby residents to a preview and is now inviting anybody who would like to see the plans to an exhibition at the college.
He said: ‘For the past 30 years the college and some 30,000 full-time and 45,000 part-time students have enjoyed learning in some expertly designed, carefully developed and well-maintained facilities.
‘However, teaching and learning are very different to that of 30 years ago and today’s students, together with the efficiency and effectiveness expected of modern learning, means that we have to have a rethink and develop new and engaging ways to deliver learning.’
The plans will see a 14,000sq m redesigned campus, including a restaurant, gym, salon, theatre and media studios, with 220 parking spaces.
The college is spending £28m on both its sites – £12m at CEMAST in Daedalus and £16m at Bishopsfield Road – funded by the Solent LEP, Hampshire County Council, Skills Funding Agency, the Regional Growth Fund and from the sale of land to a developer.
Bloor Homes will build up to 120 homes, ranging from one to five bedrooms, on mainly brownfield site of the old college building and 19 homes on the college’s fields.
Leader of Fareham Borough Council hailed the site as a ‘windfall’ for the council as the homes will contribute to the council’s housing targets.
Cllr Sean Woodward said: ‘As a vocational college, Fareham is one of the best in the country. It has a fantastic reputation and as a brownfield site it ticks all the boxes.’
The plans also include park land with 100 trees, which will be gifted to the council.
The exhibition is open during college hours until the end of term.