New Community Hub gets planning permission

New Community Hub gets planning permission

We are delighted to announce that the new £1m Community Hub in Raglan has successfully achieved planning permission. A big thank you to all our partners, supporters and volunteers for getting us to the halfway point in this six year project.

The aim of the hub is to provide a permanent, purpose built home for community activity in the village, as well as improving access to services. Feedback and ideas from local residents shaped the final design, coordinated by our volunteers.

Monmouthshire architects Hall + Bednarczyk produced a design which aims to balance cutting-edge design sensitively and cost effectively within Raglan’s traditional village setting. The proposal has been granted planning permission by Monmouthshire County Council.

Our Chair, Chris Butler-Donnelly, said: “We’re so proud and delighted to have achieved this milestone. This community building is much needed to create a permanent facility for everyone in the local community to share.

“Planning permission marks the halfway point in our six-year plan to improve community services in Raglan and brings us a step closer to an attractive, multi-purpose local venue.

“Having up-to-date facilities will make a big difference to residents in Raglan and the surrounding areas. A wider variety of events and better availability of services will really benefit both local people and businesses.

“The hub is a local project and we couldn’t have got here without the support of our partners, volunteers and the wider community. A big thank you to everyone, including the BIG Lottery for awarding their generous capital development grant, and to Monmouthshire County Council for their continued backing of the project.

“Our focus now is to secure capital development funding to build the Community Hub in Raglan. It’s an exciting time for Raglan so if you’d like to get involved then please do get in touch. Our community is very much at the heart of this project, we’re all volunteers and want it to be something that everyone can enjoy for generations to come.”

Read more about the design of the Community Hub.

The planning and design process was funded by a BIG Lottery (People and Places) capital development grant of £47,904, awarded to the Raglan Village Hall Association in 2016. Quantity surveyors Adams Fletcher & Partners and architects Hall + Bednarczyk have helped to ensure the cost effective development of the design.

The finalised designs and planning permission will form the basis of further submissions to BIG Lottery, and to other funders including the Welsh Government. Once funding has been secured, the former Raglan Junior School site will be transferred by Monmouthshire County Council to the Raglan Village Hall Association and construction can begin.

Planning permission submitted for Community Hub

Our Community Hub design has moved towards planning permission after local consultation.

The aim of the hub is to provide a purpose built, permanent home for our community activity in the village, as well as improving access to services.

Thank you to everyone who has shared ideas, expertise and feedback at our consultations, meetings and fundraising events. Your input has been invaluable we wouldn’t have reached this stage without your support.

Monmouthshire architects Hall + Bednarczyk produced our final design which is shaped by our local surroundings and your views and ideas.

The plan aims to balance contemporary design sensitively and cost effectively within our traditional village setting. The proposal has been submitted to Monmouthshire County Council for planning permission and the outcome is expected in early summer 2017.

The architectural drawings feature a curved roof inspired by the agricultural barns in our area, elevated by smart design and an airy, bright, modern interior. An added benefit to the slightly lower profile of the roof will mean that the hub is less costly to heat.

It’s important that the building will work for our whole community, so split-level rooms have been cleverly designed to maximise space, creating both a stage and separate areas for classes, groups and activities.

The entrance of the building includes a community café and there will also be an additional office space for service providers.

The planning and design process has been funded by our BIG Lottery (People and Places) capital development grant of £47,904, awarded in 2016. Quantity surveyors Adams Fletcher & Partners have helped to ensure the cost effective development of the design.

The finalised designs and planning permission will form the basis of further submissions to BIG Lottery, and to other funders including the Welsh Government. Once funding has been secured, the former Raglan Junior School site will be transferred to us by Monmouthshire County Council and construction can begin.

Raglan Village Hall Association Chair, Chris Butler-Donnelly, said: “This exciting, contemporary community building is much needed to create a permanent facility for everyone in the local community to share.

“Having up-to-date facilities and an attractive, multi-purpose venue on our doorstep will make a big difference to residents in Raglan and the surrounding areas. A wider variety of events and better availability of services will really benefit both local people and businesses.

“We would not have been able to reach this major milestone without the continued help and support of local residents, volunteers and partners, including Monmouthshire County Council and Big Lottery. It was really important to us that as many of our community as possible were involved in the design, and we’re grateful to everyone who contributed ideas and suggestions.”

Community Hub design revealed

Thank you to everyone for your input on the new Community Hub, it’s now a step closer with a beautiful brand new design.

Monmouthshire architects Hall + Bednarczyk have produced a design inspired by our local area and your ideas.

The cutting-edge design will make the most of our communal space, including split-level rooms that will create both a stage and separate areas for classes, groups and activities.

The design will be submitted for planning permission in February with the outcome hopefully expected by June.

Meet our architect

Martin Hall, from award-winning architects Hall + Bednarczyk, will be giving a presentation on community spaces and taking your questions on Wednesday 19 October, 7pm at Raglan Baptist Chapel.

As we start to develop our design plans, we’d love to hear from you. Share your ideas or expertise at one of our upcoming consultation events, or get involved in the project anytime by joining our open committee meetings.

Our aim for the new hub is to create a permanent home for local activity, bringing people, services and businesses together.

You’re also invited to a final consultation event on Thursday 1st December at Raglan Old Church School at 7pm. All are welcome, we hope to see you there!

BIG Lottery boost for Community Hub

The project to build a new £0.9m Community Hub in Raglan has reached another major milestone following the news that we have secured a Big Lottery (People and Places) grant.

Following initial consultations, the RVHA worked to demonstrate how the hub would meet local needs by submitting a business plan, full needs analysis and measurement indicators to secure £47,904 of Big Lottery funding critical for the next stage of the project.

“We have been working closely with the RVHA for two years and are amazed at their commitment and dedication to ensure the delivery of a much needed local resource. They are an inspiring group for any community and are thoroughly deserving of this funding.”  – Paul Matthews, Monmouthshire County Council Chief Executive

The purpose of the hub is to involve people in community led programmes, improve access to services and reduce social isolation.

Our vision for the Community Hub is to create a modern focal point for local activity, bringing people together to improve our facilities for the benefit of all local residents.

We are delighted that the potential of the project has been recognised by the Big Lottery, and are very grateful for their backing. Thanks to the funding from the Big Lottery, support from Monmouthshire County Council, and the hard work of local groups, individuals and businesses, the next stage of this exciting project can begin.

Work will now get underway to develop the design details of a Community Hub on the site of theformer Junior School in the centre of Raglan, and to obtain full planning permission. We are planning further consultations to give local people the opportunity to be involved in the design of our Community Hub.

The finalised designs and planning permission will form the basis of further submissions to Big Lottery, and to other funders including the Welsh Assembly Government. We look forward to seeing our Community Hub develop into a reality, and hope that local people of all ages will continue to get behind this project, share their ideas and expertise, and really shape an accessible, inclusive community space that we can all be proud of.

Paul Matthews, Monmouthshire County Council’s Chief Executive expressed the council’s delight that the project was able to move to the next stage of its development: “We have been working closely with the RVHA for two years and are amazed at their commitment and dedication to ensure the delivery of a much needed local resource. They are an inspiring group for any community and are thoroughly deserving of this funding.”

 

New site agreed for community facility in Raglan

Plans for the development of a new community facility in Raglan have successfully passed another key milestone with the agreement by Monmouthshire County Council to transfer the site of the now-closed junior school to the Raglan Village Hall Association (RVHA).

This follows 18 months of work during which Monmouthshire County Council and the RVHA established a jointly-chaired strategic working group, with representatives of the community of Raglan, to better understand the needs of the community, and how to provide the best solution for the village and its surrounding ward.

A consultation exercise in November 2014 carried out by the RVHA established that there was widespread support for the construction of a new community facility on the former Raglan Junior School site, which has now been vacated following the successful opening of the new primary school in Raglan.

Over the past year the strategic working group has met regularly to look at a variety of options, which has resulted in the agreement by Monmouthshire County Council that the land would be transferred to the RVHA.

Councillor Phil Murphy, cabinet member with responsibility for estates said: “The council acknowledges that a community the size of Raglan needs a suitable centre for community activities so we’re pleased to transfer the former junior school site to RVHA. This places them in a position to develop a local infrastructure designed to meet the needs of the village and aid the funding application.”

At the cabinet meeting in July Council Leader Peter Fox said: “We wish them (RVHA) well with their bid.”
The RVHA meets in the Old Church School on the third Wednesday each month at 7.30pm with meetings open to all.