New community centre is given the green light
PLANS for a new community space could be given the green light after more than two decades.
Hillview Evangelical Church and Abbey Church won their bid to begin the £2million Abbey Project in Lobleys Drive in 2009, 20 years after the idea was first mooted.
But the plans came to a halt after members of the planning committee had to revise the planning application.
The project will include a place for activities, crafts, courses, children's programmes, young people's programmes, young parent and family activities to take place. More senior residents will also be invited to make use of the new space.
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Councillor Lise Noakes (C, Barnwood) said: "It went through planning which was on the way to being approved. However we received some late material which we had to take into consideration in relation to noise.
"Obviously we do not expect the members to close the windows, so conditions needed to be looked at again. The application will be revised at the next planning meeting, which is September 3."
Residents expressed concerns about the noise that the new centre may cause.
Following this the council proposed a condition relating to the noise and the use of the building.
This included limits on the sound levels detectable from the homes neighbouring the site.
The committee had to also overcome a problem relating to the drainage.
After working with the council, a solution of drainage that routes the surface water away from the storm drains of Lobleys Drive was identified.
Resident Angela Wright, of Lobleys Drive, said: "I currently use the Cooper's Edge School to run my ballet classes from. I have students coming from Abbeymead as well.
"I think every community needs a space to meet and to hold classes and events.
"It brings residents together and creates a strong community. It is nice to have in every area. If people can build a strong sense of community, then great."
Originally the centre was going to be placed in Mead Road, but the Lobleys site was eventually chosen for the project, which will include a 250-seat hall, cafe and function rooms.
Project manager Mark Bashford and committee members are currently trying to raise £2million for the development.
No time scale has been set for the work to begin, however members of the community have being attending meetings to discuss and hear more about the Abbey Project.
Councillor Phil Mclellan (LD, Barnwood), said: "We had an issue with the wording of the condition, which has been resolved.
"The community is in need for this type of development, as it was when it was first suggested 20 years ago.
"I am delighted that the development is back on track."