Plans for a new college and Public Sector Hub in Horncastle have been approved.
The project will see a new education facility, to be operated by Boston College, built on Mareham Road alongside a Public Sector Hub that will be home to new offices for East Lindsey District Council and a number of strategic partners. The council’s Planning Committee agreed the plans with a number of conditions.
Boston College’s course provision for Horncastle and the wider area will be linked to the requirements of local employers and adults. This will allow adult students and apprentices to access education, including university level courses, creating more accessible learning opportunities in the local area. At present access to higher education is limited in East Lindsey.
The council has already allocated £6.23m to the development, which will transform the way it does business and result in the sale of both Tedder Hall, Manby, and Skegness Town Hall for redevelopment.
Councillor Craig Leyland, East Lindsey District Council Leader, said: “This is a major milestone for this fantastic project and our Officers will now work to ensure that we are able to meet the conditions specified by the Committee.
“By partnering with Boston College to bring forward a new education facility we can ensure that our residents can access quality education within the district. This is crucial to helping provide East Lindsey businesses with access to a pool of talented individuals that have the skills they need to help them grow and boost the local economy.
“Our new shared office space will also allow us to work far more collaboratively with our partners, helping us all improve the services we provide to our local communities.”
Claire Foster, Boston College Principal & Chief Executive, added: “Never before has it been more important to provide opportunities for people to train or retrain for jobs and careers that will really make a difference to individual lives and the economic fortunes of our county.
“We are really excited to be working hand in hand with the council in Horncastle to drive the critical skills agenda for East Lindsey to enable people to get a job, a different job or a better job especially in such tricky times.”