New community hub planned for Raglan

By Monmouthshire Beacon/Chepstow Beacon in Planning

RAGLAN’S new £1 million community hub has moved towards planning permission after local consultation on its design. 

The aim of the hub, which will be located on the former Raglan Junior School site, is to provide a permanent, purpose built home for community activity in the village, as well as improving access to services. 

Feedback and ideas from local residents shaped the final design, coordinated by Raglan Village Hall Association (RVHA) volunteers.

Monmouthshire architects Hall + Bednarczyk produced a design which aims to balance cutting-edge design sensitively and cost effectively within Raglan’s traditional village setting.

The proposal has been submitted to Monmouthshire County Council for planning permission and the outcome is expected in early summer 2017.

RVHA chair Chris Butler-Donnelly said: “This exciting, contemporary community building is much needed to create a permanent facility for everyone in the local community to share. 

“Having up-to-date facilities and an attractive, multi-purpose venue on our doorstep will make a big difference to residents in Raglan and the surrounding areas. A wider variety of events and better availability of services will really benefit both local people and businesses. 

“We would not have been able to reach this major milestone without the continued help and support of local residents, volunteers and partners, including Monmouthshire County Council and Big Lottery. It was really important to us that as many of our community as possible were involved in the design, and we’re grateful to everyone who contributed ideas and suggestions.”

The architectural drawings feature a curved roof inspired by the agricultural barns in the area, elevated by smart design and an airy, bright, modern interior. An added benefit to the slightly lower profile of the roof will mean that the hub is less costly to heat.

To ensure the building will work for a wide variety of community purposes, split-level rooms have been designed to maximise space, creating both a stage and separate areas for classes, groups and activities.

The planning and design process has been funded by a BIG Lottery capital development grant of £47,904, awarded to the RVHA in 2016. Quantity surveyors Adams, Fletcher and Partners have helped to ensure the cost effective development of the design.

The finalised designs and planning permission will form rthe basis of further submissions to BIG Lottery, and to other funders including the Welsh Government. Once funding has been secured, the former Raglan Junior School site will be transferred by Monmouthshire County Council to the RVHA and construction can begin.

RVHA is a team of volunteers and a registered charity working to improve community facilities in Raglan, Monmouthshire. They meet in Raglan Old Church School on the third Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm and meetings are open to all.

For those who would like to help the RVHA or find out more they can visit www.raglanvillagehall.org.uk or contact the organisation at info@raglan

villagehall.org.uk.

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