Approval is granted for village hall location

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 January 2015 | UPDATED: 17:00 26 January 2015

An artist's impression of what the new hall may look like. Picture by Stride Treglown.

An artist's impression of what the new hall may look like. Picture by Stride Treglown.

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A PLANNING application for a new village hall in Congresbury should be submitted within two months, according to the committee behind the project.

A café, stage for drama performances plus room for sports to take place, all form part of the long-term plan.

The proposed hub has moved a step closer to reality in the past few days however with approval from the Fields In Trust initiative, formally known as the National Playing Fields, for it to be based on the King George V Playing Fields off Stonewell Drive.

Project leader Ian Sheppard said: “It’s great news, although we still need approval from the charity commission to be able to use the £30,000 grant from the Homes and Community Agency.”

Attention has now been diverted to formalising a planning application for North Somerset Council to consider.

Mr Sheppard said: “We are working with architects Stride Treglown to submit plans to North Somerset by mid-March.

“The new building will be a facility for the whole village and can accommodate all the current recreational and leisure activities of the buildings it could replace.”

Artist’s impressions have been drawn up in recent weeks by experts at Stride Treglown to give villagers an idea of what any new hub will look like. If a village hall is built, it could mean the Old School Rooms and War Memorial Hall are sold off. However, any decision about those moves will be made in conjunction with the village and the committees that run those buildings.

Collections are being held to raise cash for the project. Old coins, notes, mobile phones, tablets and satnavs are being collected at NISA, Morgans and St Andrew’s Primary School. There will also be a collection event on February 14 from 10am-1pm at the tennis club’s pavilion, where the latest plans will also be on show.

For extra information and to look at more plans for the development, visit www.congnvh.org.uk

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