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College plans to boost local economy

NEW construction and car engineering workshops are to be built at Solihull College’s Woodlands Campus to help boost local employment.

NEW construction and car engineering workshops are to be built at Solihull College’s Woodlands Campus to help boost local employment.

The application was approved by councillors last Wednesday (April 25) for a permanent School of Motor Vehicle Engineering, comprising of three workshops; MOT and sports car, engine and motorcycle, and a two-storey construction centre, with workshops to cover brickwork and carpentry.

Aerospace engineering classrooms will also be created.

After last week’s planning meeting, Coun Robert Hulland (Con, Silhill), said: “With Jaguar Land Rover, the NEC and Birmingham Airport creating job opportunities in the area, this will become a key asset for the Smith’s Wood area.

“It will give children and adults the appropriate skills they need to take advantage of those employment opportunities.”

Coun Don Cornock (Lab, Smith’s Wood) added: “We’re very much in favour.

“It can only benefit training and education in the north where we really need it and boost employment.”

A 187-space car park will be also built on playing fields to the south of the college while existing fields will be improved.

Planners said that despite a small number of objections over noise and proximity to housing, the application had “overwhelming support” from locals.

Solihull College principal and chief executive Brenda Sheils, said: “The development provides a tremendous opportunity for young people.”

 

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