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The delivery of a new youth centre in Banbury’s Bretch Hill area has moved a step closer.
On Thursday, 21 June, Cherwell District Council’s planning committee approved some minor changes to the design of the new building for The Hill Youth and Community Centre. From July the council will be engaging with potential contractors who have expressed an interest in building the centre, with work expected to start onsite in the autumn.
Permission for the centre was first granted in March last year, but following an initial round of tendering, the design has been rationalised to ensure the centre can be built on budget. Changes to the design include a minor reduction of the overall size of the building, a simplification of the roof profile and changes to some of the materials used.
“It is key that we deliver a high-quality result for the community in Bretch Hill, while also demonstrating financial responsibility. Therefore, lots of work has been going on behind the scenes to ensure that this fantastic new facility is delivered to a high standard and within budget.
“From the committee’s point of view these are minor changes to a scheme which will bring a whole host of benefits to the community, with buildings that sit comfortably within the wider area.
“The newly-approved design will ensure that the needs of the community can still be met within the approved budget, and it will now be used by council officers to generate expressions of interest from contractors, before the formal tender process begins.”
The council decided to provide a new building for The Hill after damage to the roof forced the closure of the large hall. The new facility will include a large main hall, a smaller hall, plus a kitchen, changing rooms and break-out areas.
The cost of the new building will predominantly be met by Cherwell, which will pay £400,000, together with £350,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England. Banbury Charities and Banbury Town Council are each contributing £10,000 towards the project. A further £70,000 will be made up from Section 106 contributions which is money paid by developers of large housing projects to fund amenities in the community.
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