Nescot has been granted permission to redevelop land currently used by the Animal Studies department.
The college had submitted an application to build 91 two, three and four-bedroom homes on the site, of which 40% would be affordable.
At a meeting of Epsom and Ewell Borough Council’s planning committee last night, eight councillors voted to allow the development, while four voted against it.
“Staff and governors are delighted that the plans we have worked so hard on have been approved,” said Nescot Principal Sunaina Mann OBE, who spoke at last night’s meeting.
“Redeveloping the land currently occupied by the Animal Care Unit was the only way the college could fund the upgrades to the campus that our current and future students and members of the community need and deserve.”
As part of the redevelopment work, the Animal Care Unit will be moved to the other side of the college into a purpose-built unit which will also be able to offer services such as dog grooming and behaviour work.
The plans also provide for a skills park, from which services can be offered including hairdressing, beauty treatments and catering.
The car park will be reconfigured and improvements made to provision for cyclists and pedestrians, and there will be a new entrance and reception area, café, teaching accommodation and an extended construction zone.
Following the withdrawal of the Learning and Skills Council funding, the 14-acre site currently occupied by the Animal Care Unit was the only asset the college could release to find development work to the campus.
The college believes the changes are essential to provide better facilities which are properly suited to the needs of 21st-century students.
We believe that without the refurbishment we will find it increasingly difficult to attract students, and to give them the high-quality and innovative teaching they deserve and have come to expect from Nescot.