Plans for village’s new hall adapted

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PLANS for a new village hall in Tuddenham will be adapted after residents raised concerns.

Village charity The Cockerton Trust had submitted plans to redevelop the former school site into six houses and a new village hall.

The initial plans were shown to residents during a meeting at the end of August.

Concerns were raised about the proposed access to the new village hall, which would have been shared with the existing sports pavilion.

In comments made to Forest Heath District Council, residents described the access as ‘single track’ and ‘in a poor state of repair’.

Simon Pott, agent to the Cockerton Trust, said that despite these concerns overall feedback was positive and provided that planning officers at Forest Heath District Council did not object, access would be moved to come from the High Street through the new housing development.

The former village hall has been closed by Forest Heath District Council and the site, also owned by The Cockerton Trust, will be sold in order to finance the new development.

Mr Pott said: “The feedback we had was positive, it is seen as a wonderful opportunity for Tuddenham. An opportunity that will never come again.

“We are working very closely with the with the residents to get a consensus of what will be of the greatest value to the village.”

The proposal for the site includes six three and four- bedroom detached properties, five of which would be sold on the open market and one of which would be retained as an affordable housing unit.

The Cockerton Trust will now need to have the school site, which has been empty since Tuddenham Primary school relocated to Red Lodge at the end of the last academic year, formally decommissioned by the Secretary of State for Education.

Mr Pott said they would be looking to progress as quickly as possible.