NEW college campuses near the town centres of Huntingdon and St Neots moved a step nearer reality this week when the £38million developments got the backing of district council. Huntingdonshire Regional College wants to re-build on part of the police playing field at Hinchingbrooke and at the former open-air swimming pool in Huntingdon Road, St Neots, and sell both existing sites for housing. On Monday Huntingdonshire District Council's development control panel backed both moves, although the Huntingdon application will have to be approved by the full council and then the Government Office for the East of England - the land is designated in existing planning polices as open space. The proposal also includes a multi-use games area, a football pitch and parking for 220 vehicles. Huntingdon Town Council had objected on the grounds that the proposal would be an over-development of the area and that the road network was inadequate. The Wildlife Trust was concerned about a nearby colony of great crested newts, which also delayed part of the footpath across Views Common from Stukeley Meadows to Hinchingbrooke. But yesterday (Tuesday), college principal Anne Constantine was delighted.