Deaf academy plans for Rolle College site approved

PUBLISHED: 13:31 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:35 01 November 2017

Image of the Exeter Deaf Academy proposal for the Rolle College site.

Image of the Exeter Deaf Academy proposal for the Rolle College site.

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Plans to convert the former Rolle College site in Exmouth into the new home of Exeter Deaf Academy has been approved by East Devon District Council planners.

Plans to convert the former site of Rolle College site into the hew home of Exeter Deaf Academy has been approved.

East Devon District Council planners have given approval to the proposal to refurbish the Owen Building and to build a new teaching building and new student boarding accommodation.

There will also be a provision of a multi-use games area; one of the conditions of approval was that the use of this area is to be restricted to between 9am and 9pm dailly.

Exmouth Town Council previously backed the application for the Douglas Avenue site.

Steve Morton, director of development at Exeter Deaf Academy has expressed the school’s delight at the news.

He said: “We are delighted to have been given the green light by East Devon District Council planning committee and can now really make our vision in Exmouth a reality.

“We have been overwhelmed by the positive response to our plans, both by the people of Exmouth and the members of both East Devon District and Exmouth Town Councils.

“At the heart of our vision is the development of a world class Deaf school and college with strong connections to the local community and businesses in Exmouth.

“Together with, and as part of, that community we will create Britain’s first Deaf-friendly town, setting the benchmark for integration and opportunities for Deaf young people.”

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