Plans for a new Â£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 councilâ€™s development control committee met on Thursday evening and granted full planning permission for the Coleg y Cymoedd project in Robertstown, a stoneâ€™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 â€œdelighted and gratefulâ€ 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 â€“ which could help fund it by up to Â£11m.
Ms Evans said: â€œWeâ€™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.
â€œWe 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.
â€œEveryone at the college is eager to progress with this development, to provide the best facilities for our learners in Aberdare and its surrounding communities.
â€œWe especially look forward to working in partnership with the new campusâ€™ neighbouring schools to develop a curriculum which complements and enhances their own offerings.â€
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 Aberdareâ€™s Sobell Leisure Centre at the end of October for local people to have their say on the development, while members of the councilâ€™s planning committee had visited Robertstown on November 30 to inform Thursdayâ€™s decision.
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