PLANS to redevelop the Ruskin College building in Walton Street, Oxford, have been given planning permission.

Exeter College was given consent by the city council  for its redevelopment of the Walton Street building in December but because of the level of work planned on the listed building, final approval was needed from the Government's Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

Ruskin College moved to Old Headington in 2012 and the site is currently empty.

The plans will mean that all but the 1913 Walton Street facade will be demolished and inside that, teaching facilities and 90 student rooms will be built.