Village's £1m windfall?

PUBLISHED: 07:50 15 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 24 May 2010

OVER £1million could be ploughed into community facilities in a North Somerset village with the sale of a prominent building

OVER £1million could be ploughed into community facilities in a North Somerset village with the sale of a prominent building.Brook House in Wrington will be sold to Linden Homes if planning permission to refurbish the house and build 12 homes on the site is granted.Villagers are looking at spending the cash from the sale on a day care centre for the elderly, a youth worker to help set up a youth club as well as expanding the Memorial Hall.The house in Silver Street and its grounds were bequeathed to the rector and wardens of All Saints Church in 2004 by Commander Michael Lawder, who had been a member of the congregation for many years.Church warden Richard Thorn said: "We are Wringtonians and very concerned that the development is in keeping because it is in a conservation area. We also want to get the best possible result for the village as a whole."Our ideas for the money are just that - they are still ideas at the moment and under discussion."At the moment, when people get to a certain age they often have to go to a residential care home out of the village where maybe they've lived all their lives."One of the options we are looking at is a day care centre for older people which would provide hot meals and social events so villagers could live more independently for longer."Other ideas include bringing a youth worker to the village.""We are also planning to build two rooms onto the Memorial Hall so a host of community groups can meet there."We would also look at improving the sound system in the church so village groups can use it more frequently."As part of the development, Brook House, which has been unoccupied for some time, would be renovated. It would stay as a home set in a private garden with a new garage.Six new properties would face Silver Street in the same style as buildings elsewhere in the conservation area and a further six would be constructed within the site. All the two, three and four bedroom homes would have private gardens and there would be 27 parking spaces.A number of outbuildings would also be removed and the developer would contribute money towards outdoor playing space, libraries and youth and community services.A planning application has been submitted to North Somerset Council for the development.The parish council is holding a public meeting on June 19 so villagers can view the application. The plans will be on display at the Memorial Hall from 7pm and the meeting will be held from 7.30-9pm. The parish council will meet immediately afterwards to decide its response to the plans.

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