The closure of New College Nottingham (NCN)’s Hucknall college has sparked suggestions for the 1.6 acre site’s future use.
NCN says it is ‘confident the sale of the campus will contribute to the town’s regeneration’ and claims it is ‘reaching out’ to Nottinghamshire and Ashfield councils.
One possible use is as the new base for Indigo Kids - the Hucknall charity for autistic children which recently lost its current location at the old Beardall Street school.
Hucknall councillor Lauren Mitchell studied beauty therapy at the college in 2012. She said: “I think it’s a real shame that such an important part of Hucknall is closing. I’m hoping that it will become something just as treasured in the community.
“The college was a great place to be with great staff who did a lot of work with special needs students. However, the college was getting quieter and quieter, sadly. I’d like to see it as a sort of drop in centre of sanctuary for people with learning disabilities or mental health problems.”
Coun Cheryl Butler, leader of ADC, said: “It would be good if the site could stay, at least in part, as an education establishment or maybe community groups and third sector voluntary groups could be helped to find a use for it.
“I would hope that NCN show goodwill and assistance when making decisions for its new use/users.
“I’m not sure if any residential units could be created here. Its location, close to both the town centre and transport links, would be ideal in attracting home owners and would in some part possibly help with town centre economy.”
The college says the closure was caused by cuts in Government funding and declining student numbers.