FAQs 

When will construction start?

Construction will start at some point in the new year. We do not have precise timings yet.

When will the new sports facilities be completed?

We expect the new facilities to be completed and ready to open at some point during the Autumn term 2021.

What about access to the sports facilities once construction begins?

Our current Sports and Public Service students will access local outdoors facilities within walking distance of the college.

We have also kept in close touch with our regular sports users to offer advice on accessing alternative facilities.

Can we see detailed plans?

You can view the planning application here which includes detailed plans.

How many houses will be built?

The new CALA development of 116 homes will include a range of one and two bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bedroom houses. 15 per cent of homes will be affordable to meet local housing need, including those offered for shared equity and rent. Homes have been designed around informal green open space and high quality landscaping and the development will include a children’s play area.

For further questions on the housing development, you can fill out a contact form on CALA’s website here.

Where will the access point be to the housing development?
Access will be via the College’s existing entrance off St Michael’s road.
Are the sports pitches being replaced?

A new 3G pitch will replace the existing pitch at the Hitchin campus. The other pitches will not be replaced on the site.

In addition, we are creating a second new 3G pitch in Hitchin at The Priory School as well as providing two new grass pitches at the school.

Will there be an additional playing pitch at the Priory?

Yes. There will be a new 3G pitch (in addition to the new 3G pitch at North Hertfordshire College) and two new grass pitches at The Priory School.

What about noise coming from the new 3G pitch at the Hitchin campus?

We recognise the need to minimise noise to neighbours and have incorporated noise reduction measures into the design. 

Why is this investment necessary?

The sports hall and playing fields are in urgent need of upgrading. The sports hall is nearly 50 years old, has a leaking roof and does not currently meet the needs of either our students or the local community.

The new facilities will enable the College to be at the forefront of sports science teaching in Hertfordshire and meet the increasing need for higher qualifications in STEM / technology-related roles. The facility will make a significant contribution to the local health agenda and provide significantly enhanced opportunities for increasing access to higher level qualifications and positive progression for students.

There is also a need for new homes in Hitchin. We’re pleased that the residential development part of this scheme will help address these needs whilst also allowing investment in the college.

Like all colleges, we have received reduced public funding over a number of years, so this is our best option if we are going to be a successful college over the long term.

How will you manage the increase in traffic in the local area?

We will be funding improvements to local services with over £600,000 being invested in road junction improvements, easier access to Hitchin Railway Station for pedestrians from St Michael’s Road, footpath improvements and new cycling provision.

To ease congestion at peak times, we will be submitting a proposal as part of a Construction Management Plan to the Council which will ensure that deliveries to the site will happen outside of peak times.  

What will be the environmental impact?
We have commissioned independent ecological surveys. Findings to date suggest that our proposal will not have a detrimental impact on ecology and wildlife. The proposals will also include benefits for wildlife, such as bird/bat boxes etc.
Will there be an impact on the nature reserve?
The nature reserve is not owned by the College and we’re not proposing any changes to it. We’ll be working to mitigate any knock-on consequences of our development on the nature reserve.
Is there a right of appeal once the decision has been made?

Once a planning decision has been made the applicant can appeal against that decision, but not a third party. Click here for further information from North Hertfordshire District Council about the process.

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