Plan for ‘desperately needed’ new village hall changed

PUBLISHED: 13:01 27 August 2017

An artist's impression of the village hall planned for Congresbury.

An artist's impression of the village hall planned for Congresbury.


Plans for a new village hall have been changed amid concerns from neighbours.

Over the past few years, volunteers have been working on plans to build a new community base in Congresbury.

While the project has progressed considerably since it begin in 2013, some of the details have been tweaked to alleviate some villagers’ fears about the size of the proposed building – as well as to reduce the cost.

Neighbours to the King George V Playing Fields approached the Congresbury New Village Hall Development Trust because they felt the proposed height of the centre was too great.

The trust has since worked with architects Stride Treglown to alter its plan and the proposed roof height has been reduced to satisfy neighbours to Stonewell Drive.

It will also make the enterprise cheaper and reduce the amount of funds the trust needs to raise.

Trust spokesman Ian Sheppard told the Times that a compromise has been reached to try to ensure all within the community are happy.

He said: “We have to be realistic and while the footprint will be reduced, the new building will still meet the project’s vision of providing the village with the multi-use facilities it desperately needs.

“There will be space for expansion when required subject to the necessary permissions.”

The village hall trust was granted a community right to build order (CRTB) last November following a referendum and an examination of the plans by an independent inspector.

The order means the community trust will not need to obtain planning permission through North Somerset Council as would normally be the case. Instead, it will present the plans to the council who must consult with the community.

Mr Sheppard said: “As part of the CRTB order, once the final plans have been agreed they will be submitted to North Somerset Council who will publicise these for consultation.”

The plans will be available to view in more detail at a fundraising coffee morning at the recreation club on August 31 from 9am to noon.

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