Plans for community centre to be built in Ringstead

The plans are for land off Cherry Street in Ringstead

The plans are for land off Cherry Street in Ringstead

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Initial plans have gone in for a community centre to be built in Ringstead.

Welland Design and Build Limited has applied for outline planning permission to build a community centre on land to the east of Cherry Street in the village.

The site was previously occupied by Terimpex Ltd who ran a business recycling textiles, but the factory buildings have since been demolished to floor slabs and the site is now vacant.

The proposal is for the site to be developed with a community centre and three off-road parking spaces.

However, the application is only for outline planning permission so details including the size, appearance and access to the centre would have to be determined at a later date if the initial plans are given the go-ahead.

Documents submitted as part of the plans, which will be considered by East Northamptonshire Council, state: “The proposed scheme makes exceptional use of unused brownfield land and the proposed community centre layout, scale and appearance will be agreed at reserved matters.

“The scheme is sustainable and complies with the local and national planning policies.

“The application for outline planning permission should therefore be approved.”

However, one objection has been made to the plans.

As well as raising concerns about an increase in traffic and noise from the proposed centre, the objection letter also states: “For what reason does Ringstead require a community centre?

“Why can’t the village hall be utilised instead?

“Can funds not be spent on improving the village hall?

“What would happen to the village hall?

“Although not a listed building, it would only seem right to ensure this old building was looked after so it doesn’t become redundant and fall into a state of disrepair, the council should put a building of heritage first, not at risk.”

The objector also said they don’t think Ringstead is large enough for a community centre when it already has a village hall.

To see the plans go to www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk and search for Ringstead on the planning page.