The Parish Council, supported by the Community Association, submitted a planning
application to build a new community centre in the village. It would replace the
Village Hall. The present hall is over 60 years old and badly in need of updating.
There is insufficient letting space to satisfy demand and little storage space. The
Parish Office, situated in a small room at the rear of the hall, is cramped and staff
are often disturbed by noise coming from users of the hall.
It therefore seemed sensible to look at the possibility of creating a new building
which would fit the current needs and the expected requirements for years to come.
In 2014, following a series of presentations, local people were asked to vote on
whether, in principle, they supported the idea of this new centre.
Over 650 votes were received with only 21 against the proposal.
JBKS Architects, based in Aston Rowant, were appointed to take us to a planning application
Users of the present hall and potential users of the new building were consulted
Discussions were held with the local planning authority.
Another consultation took place in May - July 2017 allowing people to comment on
the design of the new building. Again, there was an over-whelming support from the
local community and the planning application was submitted in July 2018
The proposed community centre incorporated three different size rooms which could
be let separately or together. A large room on the upper floor could accommodate up
to 180 people. The smaller rooms, on the ground floor, would be suitable for about
40 and 70 people; these two rooms can be made in to one.
The Parish Council office would be on the ground floor with a separate entrance.
Parking was provided between the new building and the library with further spaces
at the rear.
However, at a meeting of CDC’s planning committee on 1 November, the application
was refused. Nine members of the committee voted against with two in favour and two
Reasons for refusal were:
1. Inappropriate development within the open Green Belt.
2. Too big and out of character with that part of Cokes Lane.
3. Loss of ancient woodland.
4. Parking and manoeuvring standards not met.
The application had included detailed counter-arguments to all these but these were
The Parish Council lodged an appeal but this was rejected.
March 2021 - The original architects have now been commissioned to carry out a feasibility
study to examine the possibility of combining the community library in to a community