PLANS to expand Hailsham Community College have been passed.

Athree-storey teaching block will be buiilt at the secondary school in Battle Road, replacing part of an existing craft block in the process.

Ward member Bob Bowdler said: “I really do welcome this expansion of Hailsham Community College. 

“With the amount of applications which have already gone through and the expansion [of the town] under the Hailsham Aspires programme, I think it is, I wouldn’t say overdue, but very welcome, that we are looking after people who have come to live in Hailsham.”

The new building will allow the school to increase its roll by 370, 70 of whom would be sixth form students. This means the school would have a total roll of 1,800 students, including 300 sixth formers.

There will also be a significant increase in the number of on-site parking spaces, rising from around 76 to 117.

For further details of the proposals see application reference WD/3423/CC on the East Sussex County Council planning website.