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Congresbury is ‘blazing a trail’ with new £2m village hall plan

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A new multi-million pound village hall has received the go-ahead and the trust behind the project has been praised by the area’s MP.

Congresbury has been described as ‘blazing a trail’ for the rest of the UK after it used the new Government planning initiative – the Right To Build process – to plan its new village hall.

The centre will feature a community café, sports facilities, 22-space car park and a large hall with a dividing screen.

The plans were first considered by an independent planning inspector before the community were given the opportunity to vote in a referendum – where 70 per cent of villagers said they wanted the hall to be built.

The plans were proposed by the Congresbury New Village Hall Development Trust, which is made up of members of the community with a variety of skills useful to the planning process.

The trust held an event at the old village hall to showcase its plans for the land.

Weston MP John Penrose, who backed the plans with a letter of support, said: “It is the first in the country and Congresbury is blazing a trail with its fun, innovative design.”

The trust, along with its 50 volunteers, will continue its fundraising efforts for the hall – which it has so far raised £61,000 of its £1.8-£2.4million total.

The trust will also apply for grant funding from the lottery and sports bodies to fund the new hall.

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