Opinions wanted as village hall plan progresses
PUBLISHED: 13:30 06 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:49 09 October 2015
PEOPLE living in a North Somerset village are being invited to have their say on proposals which could see a new village hall being built in the centre of their community.
A draft Community Right to Build order (CRtB) has been prepared by members of the Congresbury New Village Hall Development Trust, which hopes to build a new village hall on the King 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.
The trust applied for the order, which is believed to be the first in the country to be published on its own and not as part of a neighbourhood plan, as part of a Government scheme.
The draft order is subject to public consultation and villagers are invited to have their say on the plans at a series of public consultation events across the village, which will take place from 8-10pm today (Thursday), 9am-noon on Saturday, 10am-noon and 8-10pm on Wednesday and 9am-noon on October 17 at the tennis pavilion in Stonewell Drive.
The development trust will then assess the community’s response to the plans and will submit the order to North Somerset Council, before a referendum in Congresbury will be held to prove the project is supported by at least 51 per cent of village voters.
Trust spokesman Ian Sheppard said: “It has taken some time to get to this stage and we would like to thank all those involved in the project, which has seen some £56,000 being raised to date.
“We had hoped the referendum of voters in the parish would take place by the end of the year, but that is unlikely and hopefully it will now be held in early spring.
“Villagers have wanted modern community facilities for a long time and they will have the opportunity in the referendum to support the proposals for the new building.”
To view and comment on the draft order, click here. All comments on the order must be received by October 30.