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Planners give go-ahead for £13.5m agricultural college

West Lindsay last night voted unanimously to give the go-ahead for a £13.5 million agricultural college at the Lincolnshire Showground.**

The 3,500 sq m centre will cater for hundreds of Bishop Burton College students from September 2015.

A halls of residence, laboratories, workshops, animal units and a working farm are included in the scheme.**

The college's local students currently attend courses at the Riseholme campus.**

But with its Riseholme lease ending in 2020, Bishop Burton wants to develop the project at the showground to deliver specialist courses in agriculture, engineering and equine studies.**

Building work could begin in September.**


College on Lincolnshire showground?

We're used to seeing thousands making an annual pilgrimage to the Lincolnshire Showground for the sights and sounds of an industry which is vital to the local economy.

Now, the site could be used to teach students for the first time. Plans for a new multi-million pound agricultural college have been put forward by Bishop Burton College, which wants to build a new campus. Kate Hemingway reports.