New Witham Community Facility
About the facility
Our aim is to provide a vibrant community focused facility by 2021. We hope this facility can deliver a range of activities for residents, as well as provide a focal point for groups and organisations to promote and deliver their services.
This is achievable as a result of the recent housing developments around Maltings Lane, funding has been provided through Section 106 Agreements for a new community facility on a site behind Aldi in Gershwin Boulevard.
Braintree District Council has been undertaking consultation with key stakeholders and groups in the area to identify the potential requirements for a new community facility.
What to expect from the new facility
It has been suggested that the new building contains;
- Main Hall - able to cater for a variety of activities including sports, performances, community events, functions, meetings, children’s activities, music and other activities
- Smaller Hall - to support and deliver similar activities
- Meeting Rooms
- Café and Social Area
- Changing Rooms - for the outdoor football pitch.
Why we are building this facility?
Under the terms of a planning obligation for the housing development of Maltings Lane, Witham, the land transfered to the Council can be developed and used for community purposes.
Where’s the money coming from?
Funding towards the community facility has been secured through a number of planning obligations under Section 106 of the Town & Planning Act 1990. Each obligation has a specific use and financial contribution. These financial contributions are dependent on a set number of houses being occupied and will be paid when the target set has been reached.
Who are the stakeholders and who decided what was needed?
The stakeholders that took part in the consultation included District Councillors, Witham Town Council, Faith groups and a range of community/ voluntary sector groups. Each of the developments’ S106 obligations specified certain uses for the new facility, which included a main hall, ancillary hall, meeting rooms, kitchen, social area and changing rooms.
Who is RPT Consulting and what is their involvement?
RPT Consulting was established in 2010 to assist Local Authorities in transforming Leisure and Cultural Services, through facility development, operational efficiency, new delivery vehicles or outsourcing. RPT Consulting is carrying out the consultation phase of the project on behalf of Braintree District Council.
Following completion of the consultation a feasibility and viability report will be presented to Cabinet Members setting out conclusions and recommendations and outlining options for the community facility.
Once a decision has been made as to the preferred options, we will move into the design phase.