Pavilion extension is given approval

Lakenheath Pavilion
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Lakenheath Pavilion will grow to offer more social space in the village.

Two single storey extensions and a range outdoor facilities have been given planning approval.

The extension to the south of the pavilion will include a social room, disabled toilet, kitchen and bar area while the second extension to the north of the building will provide a second social room.

Within their application Lakenheath Playing Fields Association said: “The need for extensions to the existing facility has arisen due to the success of the Pavilion and Playing Fields.

“The Pavilion function room has far exceeded the Playing Field Association’s wildest expectations as far as use and popularity is concerned. It is fully booked day times and evenings at least four of the five week days, on average, and the weekends are booked approx. 70% of the time.

“The extension is aimed at filling a gap in social space in the village caused by the closure of the Royal British Legion Club. The closure left several clubs homeless having to make alternative arrangements.”

A tennis court, which will also serve as netball court and 5-a-side football pitch, as will as two additional cricket nets, four bowls lanes and two storage containers will also be added.

Lakenheath Playing Fields Association will now look to secure funding for the project and hope to have completed at least one of the extensions by April next year, when the new cricket season will get underway.