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University plans major expansion
Edge Hill University
The university is planning to spend 220m on developing its campus
A university in Lancashire is to spend nearly a quarter of a billion pounds developing its campus.

Edge Hill University in Ormskirk is set to spend 220m from its own coffers to provide extra student accommodation, new teaching buildings and facilities.

The university has launched a major consultation exercise to decide how the money should be used.

Once this is completed, detailed proposals will be submitted to West Lancashire District Council.

A number of information newsletters are being sent to people in Ormskirk and the surrounding areas and a website has been set up where people can e-mail their opinions on how the campus should be developed.

A series of public meetings will also be held at a later date.

Economic contribution

The proposals cover the development of the existing 75-acre campus and will also look at future plans to expand into the adjacent 84-acre plot of land recently acquired from the Lord Derby Estate.

The university, which has about 17,000 students, recently commissioned a study to assess its impact on the area which found that it contributed 77m annually to the north west of England's economy.

According to the economic consultancy Regeneris, this figure is set to soar to 172m by 2022.

The study also showed that the number of jobs supported by the university is anticipated to rise from its current level of 2,650 to 4,850.

Edge Hill's vice chancellor John Cater said: "This week we have received the results of a detailed study we commissioned into the long-term economic impact of the university.

"The figures show that our growth will spell a massive financial boost for the area, its residents, retailers and local firms and contractors.

"Edge Hill will play an increasingly important role in the local and regional economy as a large and dynamic business that generates jobs and wealth on a major scale."

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