Congresbury new village hall/community centre Community Right to Build Order

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Proposals were submitted to North Somerset Council in November 2015 for a new village hall/community centre for Congresbury, which could be built on part of the area of the King George V Playing fields in the village. 

They were been prepared by the Congresbury Village Hall Development Trust through a new type of plan called a Community Right to Build Order. This is where the community draw up the plans and instead of them being considered by North Somerset Council through a planning application, they are scrutinised by an independent examiner. The examiner looks to see if the proposals meet national and local planning policies and promote sustainable development. They must have been developed with the involvement of the local community.

The proposals are for a large multi-use hall and multi use areas, community café, main access off Stonewell Drive, 22 space car park, plus 9 overflow spaces, 3 bay layby in Stonewell Drive.

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North Somerset Council formally made the order on 8 November 2016. The Order now has the same status as an outline planning consent.

A referendum was held on 15 September 2016. Residents voted in favour of the village hall proposals with almost 70% of votes cast being a "yes" vote. You can view the referendum result in our public and legal notices.  

The Examination took place in March 2016. The Examiner Mr Andrew Ashcroft  concluded that with some modifications the Order met the necessary conditions and could go forward for referendum. You can view the Examiners report

You can view the documents which were submitted for the examination below and view the comments made on the submitted Order online.   

ContactNorth Somerset Council undertook screenings to establish whether a Habitat Regulation Assessment or Strategic Environmental Assessment would be needed. The conclusions and confirmation by the consultation bodies are listed in the consultation documents below. Celia Dring on 01934 426244 or email 


  • Opened
    15 Dec 2015 at 00:00
  • Closed
    12 Feb 2016 at 23:59


Organisational Information

Contact Name Celia Dring
Job title Principal Planning Policy Officer
Contact Email
Contact Telephone 01934 426244

Project Information

Aim of this consultation Get views on submitted proposals for Congresbury new village hall/community centre, Community Right to Build Order.
Close Date 12 Feb 2016 23:59
Consultation Topic
  • Community - neighbourhoods, equalities, youth offending and registrar
  • Environment - building work, transport, trees and recycling
  • Leisure - sports, theatre, museum and tourism
Context for this consultation The Congresbury Village Hall Development Trust have submitted proposals to NSC for a new village hall, which now has to undergo a formal period of publicity and consultation before being passed for independent examination.