There has been no discussion at all about the potential upheaval of students over the next few years. Where they are going to put them whilst the college is being rebuilt,
Things will probably happen in something like this order:
1. The college will agree a sale to a supermarket, conditional on planning consent being granted.
2. If planning consent is granted, the deal will be finalised. The college will then, for the first time, know what it can afford to do at Buxton Lane.
3. The college will now commission architects' plans for a new development at Buxton Lane, and (following pre-planning discussions with planning officers) it will apply for planning consent for that.
4. If/when planning consent for Buxton Lane is secured, the new development on that site will be constructed.
5. When that is finished, all activity from Hibbert Lane will be moved across to Buxton Lane, and Hibbert Lane will be handed over to its new owner.
6. Asda/Tesco (or whoever it is) will then build at Hibbert lane, and a suitable celeb (Craig Cash? Andrew Stunnell? Miss Marple
) will cut the ribbon and declare it open.
In short, nothing will happen at Hibbert Lane until the college has moved into its redeveloped premises at Buxton Lane. Assuming at least one of the planning applications goes to appeal, my guess is that it will be 2015 at the earliest before we see a supermarket on Hibbert lane. So I think MIA should settle in for the long haul - this is a marathon, not a sprint!