New village hall plans boosted by application

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 June 2015

Views of Congresbury Village.

Views of Congresbury Village.

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PLANS for a new village hall in Congresbury could soon benefit from a Government grant of more than £20,000.

The Congresbury New Village Hall Development Trust will become one of the first community organisations in the country to apply for a Community Right to Build Order (CRtB).

If the trust’s application is successful, it is set to receive £23,870 from the Community Rights programme to build a new hall at the George V Playing Fields in Stonewell Drive.

A CRtB order would enable the trust to progress the new building project without needing to go through the normal planning application process, provided the proposal meets certain North Somerset and national planning policy criteria.

A referendum within Congresbury would also need to take place to prove the project has the backing of a community majority. The proposal would need to be supported by at least 51 per cent of voters.

Trust spokesman Ian Shepherd said: “The whole cost of the process, minus a 10 per cent contribution from us, will be funded by the grant scheme. This will save project volunteers considerable time and effort in raising nearly £30,000, which would be to complete a planning application.

“The project team had a positive meeting with North Somerset Council planners who will be helping us through the process, along with architects Stride Treglown.

“We will be working with the architects to provide detailed plans and a draft CRtB order, and will arrange consultation sessions for villagers to come along, view these documents and have a chat with the project team.”

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