Plans for a new £20m college at the former railway goods yard in Aberdare have been given the green light, with construction set to go full steam ahead.
Rhondda Cynon Taf council’s development control committee met on Thursday evening and granted full planning permission for the Coleg y Cymoedd project in Robertstown, a stone’s throw from Aberdare Railway Station and the new state-of-the-art Aberdare Community School.
Coleg y Cymoedd principal Judith Evans has said she is “delighted and grateful” that permission had been granted.
During February, the development, which will replace the existing college campus in Cwmdare, was earmarked as a priority scheme by the Welsh Government in its 21st Century Schools Programme – which could help fund it by up to £11m.
Ms Evans said: “We’re delighted that plans for the new Coleg y Cymoedd Aberdare campus are now fully approved to allow construction to commence in the New Year.
“We are grateful that the council is supporting us in our mission to make excellence in education and skills development a reality for all learners in Rhondda Cynon Taff.
“Everyone at the college is eager to progress with this development, to provide the best facilities for our learners in Aberdare and its surrounding communities.
“We especially look forward to working in partnership with the new campus’ neighbouring schools to develop a curriculum which complements and enhances their own offerings.”
The new Wellington Road college will serve up to 800 students.
The now-accepted plans include the refurbishment of an existing disused railway station building, while a 133-space car park served by an existing access will be built.
A public consultation event took place at Aberdare’s Sobell Leisure Centre at the end of October for local people to have their say on the development, while members of the council’s planning committee had visited Robertstown on November 30 to inform Thursday’s decision.