Monday, 11 July 2011

Update on Renewal Plans for our Hall

As a part of the Renewal and Development of the Christ Church site, we are planning to build a new community centre. This will replace our current leisure centre which has served the community for the past 40 years. Our intention is to create a larger, better equipped and more flexible building that will meet the needs of the local community for years to come.
We have been discussing with local councillors, an opportunity to make an application for 106 Development funds which, if successful, will give us a substantial contribution towards the costs of the new building. We intend also to release some of our own funds and apply for further grants from other bodies to complete the works.

We have the full support of the Old Town Church leaders and are consulting with other Old Town community groups, and other interested parties to ensure that we can reflect their needs in our designs.

We are setting up a working group, a sub group of the Christ Church Development & Renewal group, who will manage the development stages of the project. This will include members from the church, council and community representatives.

As an important feature of the Old Town conservation area, we are mindful or our responsibilities in preserving the unique and historic qualities of our site and will be working closely with Conservation and Heritage experts to ensure that our development is both sensitive and effective. Later on this year we will also host an open day to provide more information on our plans.

Although at an early stage, we are working towards submitting a fully costed plan to council planning by the end of this year. If you would like to find out more or get involved with the project, then please contact Stephen Grosvenor on 01793 341043, email him on or read  and comment on our Renewal Blog at

The Development & Renewal Group