UK news Northstowe community facility moves forward after 'show homes plan' fell through last minute news
PremierLeague-News.Com- South Cambridgeshire County Council is planning to buy or rent a modular building to provide a temporary community facility for the new town.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Plans for a new temporary community facility in Northstowe have moved forward after initial plans to buy and convert a show home fell through. South Cambridgeshire District Council is planning to purchase or rent a modular building for the interim facility, which it plans to place on land it owns in the town. The district council had planned to buy two show homes, a marketing suite and adjacent land in order to convert them into community facilities. However, this fell through with the authority having to return to looking at other options. A report presented to a full council meeting yesterday (Thursday, November 24) said: “During the due diligence process undertaken as part of this purchase, it came to light in early October 2022, that there were covenants placed on the buildings which would create a substantial risk to the delivery of the community facilities. The decision was therefore taken to not proceed with the purchase of the buildings and the subsequent planning application and to re-visit the other options initially considered.” Read more: Cambridge walking and cycling plan to get into city centre takes step forward The report highlighted that there were now over 1,150 homes occupied in Northstowe. It said that if community groups in the town did not have access to enough space it would ‘severely hamper community activity growth’.
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. Councillor Heather Williams, leader of the Conservative group at the district council, said she was happy to support the plans, highlighting that she had supported the modular building option previously. She said she had had practical concerns about the deliverability of buying the homes and converting them. Cllr Williams said: “We are at least now back to where we were and I hope this will be pursued.” The newly elected councillors representing the ward both spoke in support of the plans. Councillor Natalie Warren-Green said the town council had seen the plans and was supportive, and Councillor Tom Bygott said it was “extremely important that something happened after a long time of waiting” Councillor Bridget Smith, leader of the district council, said nobody wanted the interim community facility to open “without any more delays” than she did. She said: “A lot of work has gone into this in a short period of time, but I am very confident that things are going to be moving at pace now.” READ MORE: Cambridge walking and cycling plan to get into city centre takes step forward Centrebus responds to claim woman, 79, 'slept in public toilet after bus didn't show up' Further details for 160 homes on edge of Cambridge reveal buildings' demolition 'How can Cambridge get improved London-style bus service while city struggles with driver shortage?' South Cambs Hall's future use under microscope as less space used by officers