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Written by Jamie Barlow for Nottinghamshire Live.  Published on the Nottingham Post website on  16th October 2018.

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Plans for the multi-million-pound new Bramcote College building are due to be finalised next month.

Councillors will meet to discuss issues including the funding of the project and timescales - so the plans can get to the formal planning stage.

The plan is to demolish and re-develop them in a bid to create a "state-of-the-art education facility incorporating a secondary school, sixth form centre and associated facilities".

James McDonald, trustee operations director of The Whitehills Park Trust, which runs Bramcote College, told Nottinghamshire Live: "We are working very closely with the council to deliver the new school for September 2020.

"We are hoping to have a final sign-off next month."

A Nottinghamshire County Council spokesman added: "The future of Bramcote College will be discussed at the policy committee meeting at Nottinghamshire County Council on Wednesday, November 14."

The authority and Trust didn't want to comment further until after the meeting

The Bramcote School buildings, in Derby Road, closed after 69 years in July 2017 and pupils relocated to the Moor Lane site from the following September.

Nottinghamshire Live previously reported the Trust wanted to provide a new secondary school with a capacity of 755 pupils and a sixth form college with a capacity of 250 students.

In previously planning documents, The White Hills Park Federation Trust said: "Proposals include the demolition and redevelopment of the existing college buildings to provide a state-of-the-art education facility incorporating a secondary school, sixth form centre and associated facilities."

Councillor Philip Owen, chairman of the children and young people’s committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said in April: “The buildings at the current Bramcote College site are inadequate by modern standards.

"The county council is working with White Hills Park Federation Trust, which runs the college on a major project which would see significant investment in Bramcote - delivering a new college, new housing and land for a potential future extension of Bramcote Primary School.

“It is proven that providing a better learning environment for students leads to improved standards – something which I’m sure everyone in Bramcote would welcome.

"Unfortunately, whilst the current buildings are in a poor condition, they do not qualify for funding from the schools improvement fund so we have had to be innovative in the way we have allocated land to bring the scheme forward."