Go-ahead for estate centre

REVISED proposals for a community centre on a growing housing estate have been given the go-ahead.

The proposals for the Oakley Vale Community Centre in Corby had to be quickly re-submitted after the original plans came in over budget.

The best price in the tendering process for the centre, in Butland Road, was £270,000 over the agreed budget of £980,000.

But reductions in the size of the building suggested by Corby Council were accepted at a meeting of the development control committee on Tuesday.

The centre must now be built by next April as there is a time limit on Section 106 funding for the project. A Section 106 agreement is where developers contribute money for community projects in areas where they are building.

Adrian Smith, chairman of Oakley Vale Community Association, said: “It is vital because it is a 42-week build and it has to be built by April next year.

“We’ve been told we have to reduce the footprint and we just feel the council has been sitting on our money for five years.

“It is not what it could have been. But we are absolutely delighted it is going ahead. We don’t really have a centre of the community and that is what this will be.”

Oakley Vale councillor David Sims, who also sits on the development control committee, said: “I’m delighted the people of Oakley Vale will have a community centre but it is very disappointing that it is a lot smaller than originally anticipated, and isn’t the centre people wanted.”

Planning officer Wayne Cattell said: “Since the last application the design has had to be reduced in size to be affordable from the current budget. This means it has a slightly smaller footprint with less space for the kitchen and a proposed communal area.”