Search

Old village hall to be demolished to make way for housing

PUBLISHED: 06:00 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:46 13 December 2017

A shot taken from a drone of the official opening of the Gissing Community Building. Picture: BLUESKY UAV SPECIALISTS

A shot taken from a drone of the official opening of the Gissing Community Building. Picture: BLUESKY UAV SPECIALISTS

Archant

A former village hall is to be torn down to make way for new housing after the creation of a new state-of-the-art community building made the need for the historic building redundant.

Members of the Heart of Gissing charity during construction of the new building. From left, Howard Dyke, Rose Eddington, Anne Reynolds and David Eddington. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYMembers of the Heart of Gissing charity during construction of the new building. From left, Howard Dyke, Rose Eddington, Anne Reynolds and David Eddington. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Gissing, near Diss, this year welcomed the opening of the new Gissing Community Building, with former FA chairman and BBC director general Greg Dyke among the guests who helped to unveil it.

The facility, which received a £711,365 grant from the Big Lottery Fund, was designed to replace the old Gissing Village Hall - a wooden building on a brick upstand dating back to 1906, which was in need of major work if it was to survive.

As a result Gissing Parish Council applied to pull the structure down, arguing: “Overall the hall is in need of major refurbishment if it is to be maintained in the long term.”

It was suggested the land be used for residential purposes, with South Norfolk Council (SNC) approving a plan to create a new three-bedroom house and double garage on the site.

“A new community building has been erected in the village which is fit for purpose and has better facilities and access for all, using Lottery funding,” the parish council said during a public consultation on the plans.

“The village hall requires extensive funds to improve the building facility but has limited use and parking.”

However SNC attached conditions to the new development, such as submitting details of hard and soft landscaping works, details of sewage disposal and a tree protection plan.

It must also be built to achieve a water consumption rate of no more than 105 litres per person per day.

Among the new facilities provided in the new Gissing Community Building next to the The Old School is a multi-purpose function room and a cafe designed to be a welcoming social hub.

The Heart of Gissing charity raised the funds needed for the new premises.

Villagers are also hoping to create a new play area at Gissing Children’s Centre for daily pre-school activities, holiday play schemes and outdoor adventure evenings.

It is also hoped the new area at Gissing Children’s Centre will have areas for relaxation amongst wooden planters and seating, a covered sand play area, a ‘Hobbit’ house, a mud kitchen, a digging area and extensive water play features.

Other news

A mother-of-three who was flown to hospital by the Duke of Cambridge on his final shift as an air ambulance pilot died of a brain injury after she was struck by a police van that was searching for her, an inquest has heard.

16:12

The extensive pursuit of a car that failed to stop in Norwich saw police rammed on the roads into South Norfolk before it ended in a search of land in Diss.

14:03

A married couple well known for their work at an animal sanctuary will be recognised for their dedication to rescuing and rehoming animals with a special award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

12:43

Youngsters at a Wymondham school got the chance to try their hand at the Paralympic sport of Boccia thanks to a visit from an award winning coach.

Most Read

Thursday, February 6, 2014

It was its down-at-heel aura that first attracted Polly Grieff to the crumbling Old Manor at Saham Toney.

Read more
Monday, October 8, 2018

Calls are being made for Watton’s temporary Post Office visits to be changed to market day, as it emerges a local retailer has been appointed as the new postmaster for the town.

Read more
Yesterday, 23:22

Megan Baxter is a keen gymnast, she trains 19 hours a week and has won numerous county competitions - and she is only eight-years-old.

Read more
Saturday, March 11, 2017

A company was today fined £50,000 after a man suffocated while working in a grain silo on his father’s farm.

Read more
Stephen Holt
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A new store and drive-through coffee shop may soon be built in Necton if plans are granted by Breckland Council.

Read more
Breckland Council

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 12°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy