As I blogged last week, Launceston College, together with Cornwall Council and the university, held a presentation evening last week to explain the plans to redevelop Dunheved House, the former boarding house. For non-Lanson residents, it was the home, for part of his schooling, of future James Bond Roger Moore.
The project will see the college using the venue as a training kitchen and fine dining restaurant for catering students and the ultimate aim is to open a small number of hotel rooms on the top floor.
The University would be able to offer courses there as well as having video conferencing facilities so that students from Launceston may be able to complete more of their studies in the town rather than having to move away.
Cornwall Council will be locating childrens and families services in the building as well as at venues in Callington and Bude, enabling them to be based closer to clients.
Overall, this scheme is well thought through and will be a great boost to Launceston. Local residents have raised concerns about parking and highways aspects which need to be addressed and I am glad that the College has agreed to meet with them on a regular basis to find a way around any problems. I hope that they will find an acceptable solution to allow this great project to go ahead.