Community centre plans re-submitted

PLANS for a new community centre have been hastily re-submitted after the original proposals came in over budget.

The best price quoted in the tendering process for the Oakley Vale Community Centre in Butland Road, was £270,000 over the agreed budget of £980,000.

Corby Council has re-submitted the plans, which have been scaled down to accommodate the savings.

Oakley Vale ward councillor David Sims said: “The main hall is going to stay the same but the overall footprint has been reduced by 10 per cent. The secondary hall is smaller than planned, as are the kitchen and paved areas. There are also some architectural changes.

“I’m very disappointed. The architects knew exactly what the budget was and came back with something that was way over.”

The developers now face a race against time to build the centre if permission is approved.

The money for the project is coming from a Section 106 agreement; a deal which sees developers contribute money for projects in areas where they are building. But there is a time limit on spending the money and the project has to be completed by April 1 next year.

A decision on the new plans is not expected to be made until July 5.