PLANS to create a multi-media teaching block at a college are expected to be approved next week.

Durham Sixth Form Centre, at The Sands, in Durham, has applied for planning permission for the new development in its grounds.

In its application statement, the sixth form centre said: “In order to house and deliver a curriculum which captures both breadth and depth for 1,300 students, Durham Sixth Form Centre, at great cost, privately rents a building adjacent to the River Wear.

“It is the school’s intention to end the private rental agreement on completion of the new build to reduce outgoings.”

No letters of objection have been received.

The application is expected to go before members of Durham County Council’s planning committee at County Hall on Tuesday.

Barry Gavillet, senior planning officer, has recommended the plan for approval.

He said: “This proposal would result in an important education facility which would add to the existing facilities at Durham Sixth Form Centre.

“The site is in a highly sustainable location with good links to public transport and amenities in the city centre.

“The building has been designed to a high standard within the existing complex and there would be no adverse impacts.”