City College Norwich has been given the go-ahead for a major £173 million redevelopment of its main campus after being advised by Mills & Reeve during the planning application process.
The redevelopment of the campus on Ipswich Road, Norwich, promises to create a world-class facility which will boost floor space by 70 per cent, allowing the college to improve its teaching facilities and to increase its intake from 16,000 students to 20,000.
Facilities include a theatre, restaurant, gym, hair salon and spa, which will all be open to the public and will be operated by students on vocational courses.
Mills & Reeve partner Beverley Firth, a planning specialist based at the firm's Cambridge office, advised on the planning process, and was assisted by solicitor Oliver Bussell.
Their role involved carrying out a legal review of the planning application, and advising on the strategy to be adopted in the face of local objectors. The issues at stake split city planners, who voted 5-4 in favour of the college's plans.
The college now has a resolution from the planning committee to grant planning permission subject to a final agreement on planning conditions, and a Section 106 agreement which Mills & Reeve is negotiating.
"We are very pleased to have been able to assist the college in obtaining this committee resolution, and colleagues in our construction and property teams look forward to working with the college as development plans go forward," said Mrs Firth.
"The work we have carried out for City College is typical of that we offer to a wide range of clients with major regeneration projects – such as primary care trusts, private finance initiatives, developers, and local authorities.
"We work with planning consultants as part of risk management, and can oversee key aspects of the planning application even before it is submitted."