PLANS for a £10 million development at Bournemouth and Poole College’s Lansdowne site could be under way soon.

The proposal to demolish several buildings and build two new structures have been approved by council officers using delegated powers.

A report by planning officer Simon Gould states: “Historically planning permission was granted in 2008 for the demolition of most buildings on the site with the exception of the three Grade II Listed Buildings, Strathearn/Clock Tower, Ascham House and Woodcote House.

“Many of the other buildings are unattractive later additions of little architectural merit.

“The only exception being C Block (former girls’ school) which is of good architectural merit but its demolition was accepted in 2008 on the basis that the overall planning balance and benefits of the proposals outweighed its retention.”

The scheme had attracted an objection and comment respectively from Bournemouth Civic Society and Historic England.

The Civic Society said an earlier design for one building “would seriously compromise the contextual setting of the adjacent very fine Edwardian clock tower building”.

However, Mr Gould said that “numerous changes have been made to the architectural language of the new build element and more depth and articulation has been incorporated into the elevations to create a more sophisticated appearance, and one which is more sympathetic to its celebrated neighbour”.

Last summer, when the application was made, the college said it hoped to begin construction this year.

The college claims the proposals will improve energy efficiency on the campus and replace “tired and outdated” buildings, improving the appearance and “making it fit for the 21st century”.

It says it will provide “an enhanced campus environment for students and staff, fostering a better learning experience”.

An employability and advanced apprenticeship centre, with a business support hub and facilities to support the expanding digital economy in Bournemouth, are all included in the proposal. Hospitality and catering students will also have access to new catering facilities with the Escoffier restaurant relocating into a glass fronted new building in Christchurch Road.

In the report, Mr Gould said: “Given the size of the campus and the adequate distances retained to other neighbouring residential developments I am satisfied there will be no harmful impact on nearby residential amenity.”