Plans for new village hall in Christchurch

A Fenland village could be getting a new hall if planners give the green light.

Christchurch Parish Council has applied to Fenland District Council for permission to demolish the existing hall, in Upwell Road, and to replace it with a new single storey building.

The current hall is in need of refurbishment and there has been some structural cracking, according to the application’s design and access statement.

It has also been targeted by vandals.

Exciting plans for the building will include a main hall, meeting room, changing rooms, kitchen and two bar areas.

The existing site has football and bowling areas, along with a play area, which will be maintained.

The application’s design and access statement says: “The village hall will be utilised for indoor bowls, possible wedding and birthday party receptions, craft club, garden club, parish council meetings and business, Women’s Institute and junior football, together with outdoor bowls.

“The proposed village hall would be a single storey construction with brickwork facing walls and an imitation steel sheeted tile roof due to vandalism on the existing village hall.

“The existing parking area has been enlarged and disabled car parking spaces are shown.

“This is an improvement on the existing parking area.

“The existing village hall is a brick-built construction and is a single storey.

“A lean-to roof is set to the front section and a hipped end pitched roof for the rear sections. The building has structural cracking present externally and is in need of refurbishment.”

An earlier planning application to build a new hall was approved by the district council, but time has since lapsed on it.