Monxton & Amport Village Hall – Update

Over the last few years the Village Hall Committee have looked at and tried to drive forward various proposals to try and ensure we have the best possible community asset well into the 21st century.

Recent History

Over 4 years ago we canvassed villagers as to what you might want from a village hall.   The outcome of this was planning permission to renovate the current hall (16/01869/FULLN).  To finance this, you supported fundraising events and our project fund stands around £65,000.  Build costs for this renovation were estimated to be in the region of £350,000 with eligible grant funding of around £100,000. As a committee, we felt that trying to fundraise £200,00 might be a step too far.

Three years ago, the sale of the Black Swan pub in Monxton, including the car park and village green, presented us with a unique opportunity.  Following initial discussions with the new owners and TVBC, there existed a potential option to build a purpose-built village hall on the existing car park in conjunction with two small roadside cottages. Build costs for a new community hub were estimated to be in the region of £400,000 with eligible grant funding around £350,000+; new builds attract additional grants as part of TVBC’s drive to create community assets fit for the future.

This main fund is called CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) which was introduced in 2016. Currently, TVBC is holding CIL funds of approximately £1.2m and we are confident that our bid stands a very good chance of success. More information on CIL can be found here: https://www.testvalley.gov.uk/planning-and-building/cil/bidding-for-cil-funds

As a community, you were again asked to provide feedback on the options available both on the online survey (July – Nov 18), paper surveys and various consultation events including a large stand at the Amport Village Fete in July 2018. The results for all of these shaped the proposals and design of the community hub which we gave to the developer.

In December 2018, this option was considered non-viable as the developer’s heads of agreement proposal proved to be too high risk. The village green would not be sold to MAVH / MPC and the proposal the developer suggested (build the hall first to their design and specification and then sell to us) would not meet CIL guidelines, so no funding would be available. Therefore, this option would no longer be viable.

In Jan 2019, a few keen members of the village undertook to see what could be done to refurbish the current hall within the budget of the existing funds. Using the results of all the previous surveys, they sought to design a refurbished hall within budget. In September 2019, they presented their suggestions to the VH Committee and, having received quotes for the work, all came in over budget and would not be eligible for CIL funding (as it’s not a newbuild or re-build). It was decided to put this option on hold.

In September 2019, the MAVH committee looked at a proposal to demolish current village hall, whilst keeping the foundations and services (water, sewage and electric) and on the current site build an oak framed building with windows on the south and front aspects and an entrance to be refashioned and glass-fronted. The design of the project would use all the information from previous surveys and as it would be a re-build, it would be eligible for CIL funding, an absolutely key element to any suggested project. It would have an air source heat pump and solar panels to ensure maximum eco credentials and low running costs.

The Future

Local architect, Luke Rose, has very kindly offered his services free of charge, in order to drive this forward and create a functional but aesthetically-pleasing building which uses the latest technology. (See proposed designs below)
Having delivered the first draft proposals to the Monxton Parish Council January meeting, with the chairman and members of Amport Parish Council invited to comment along with all locals in attendance, the architect has made some amendments and the planning application which will be submitted following the consultation. The internal layout will be firmed up in consultation with Monxton & Amport residents at a later stage.

Once we have obtained planning permission, we will look to apply for CIL funding for the proposal (April to June 2020), if successful (notified in December 2020) we then hope to start the build early in 2021.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support over this rather long process, but we are confident that we will soon be able to deliver to our villages, a community space that will meet your needs well into the 21st century.

There will be an open evening on Tuesday 25th February from 7.30pm to 9pm in the village hall. The architect, Luke Rose, will be in attendance to answer any questions, along with the Parish Council and Village Hall Committee. Please come along to find out more!

If you have any comments on the proposal, design or any other aspect, please do add your comments below in the ‘Have Your Say’ box. It is critical that we receive feedback (good and bad) from Monxton & Amport residents as this will be a key part of our bid for CIL funding.

Penny Kitson,
Chairman of Monxton and Amport Village Hall

Draft Designs

 

East Elevation – from the road. The yellow line shows the outline of the existing building.

South elevation – as viewed from the field. Glass windows and bi-fold doors maximise light and views.

North elevation – backing onto the wall of Bec House

West elevation – backing onto a wall and trees with Bec House

Proposed internal layout – this can be one large space, or split into two parts, depending on requirements. We are proposing a flexible, multi-use space.

 

 

 

10 comments on “Monxton & Amport Village Hall – Update

  1. John chaffey says:

    If wanted I would like to give some input on the kitchen. John Chaffey

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  2. Ian Morrison says:

    Abroad, so cannot attend on 25th Feb..

    Sorry to sound like Victor Meldrew but I do object to so much money being spent on this ambitious dream even if the lion’s share is from outside sources.
    When Norman Arnell and I strongly supported the creation of Weyhill Hall and piloted it through TVBC, matters were totally different. There was excellent parking and it’s proximity to a major road minimised any traffic problems. Not at all the case here!
    I feel the Hall should be improved to a modest specification. Any sane person would love Andover High St. to have branches of M&S, Next, Zara, etc. and your plans smack of being a pipe drem, an unrealistic vanity project – ambitious but a waste of money even if that money is contributed by outside sources. The only saving grace would be that a new building could only be more attractive than the present hall;
    but almost certainly a drain on resources. Don’t you think it a waste to splurge anybody’s money on such a white elephant.?

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  3. Carolyn Brady says:

    It all looks very attractive and a vast improvement on the current Hall! It is vital however, that all local residents support this new development and help to make it a success for the future of the villages. This will be an important social hub and will hopefully encourage villagers to meet up, get to know each other and build community spirit for the next generation.

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  4. mikecleugh says:

    In response to the somewhat negative post from Mr Morrison I would like to make the following points on behalf of the community as Chairman of Monxton PC.

    Firstly I believe most people would agree that the current village hall is a dark unwelcoming place with very poor facilities including a kitchen not good enough for catering for even the 50-80 people which the hall can accommodate and is the ugliest building in the village by a country mile.

    The boiler is beyond repair being 60+years old and the oil tank has been condemned by the most recent inspection due to rust issues.

    The part of the building with a flat roof needs to be replaced due to maintenance issues.

    The stage and store room are now longer required and the lighting is very old and needs replacing .
    The bookings for the hall have declined due to the poor services available and other village halls have gained our customers.

    As the new design has been generally been welcomed by those who have reviewed the plans including the Monxton and Amport PCs I would urge everyone to have their say and let us know whether you want this new hall or are happy to stay with the current one.

    I don’t understand the comments about the cost as none have been provided to the public so far, however the oak framed building is the cheapest and most attractive possible and will provide a light airy space with views over the field bordering the PlIlhill Brook.

    We expect that the costs to be such that our current funds and the CIL monies will enable us to build the structure and with a near zero carbon footprint the maintenance costs will be very reduced thanks to a combination of Solar power and Air source heat pump over an oil fired boiler.

    This will only be a white elephant if villagers don’t support our CIL bid and don’t use the new hall neither of which is a likely outcome in my opinion.

    I look forward to the meeting this Tuesday the 25/02/20 at 7.30 where the architect Luke Rose and member of the PC and Village hall committee will be available to answer any questions.

    Mike Cleugh
    Chairman
    Monxton Parish Council

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    • Ian Morrison says:

      Mike, Really sorry I will be abroad when the Meeting takes place. I agree, of course, that my comments were negative, with the clear exception of agreeing with you that the present Hall is unattractive from the outside – and, obviously, the old boiler, oil tank, and flat roof need replacement. But, just because you will not achieve a CIL grant for refurbishment, should not entitle anyone to therefore switch to a total re-build purely to tap into these funds. I think a refurbished Hall should be quite sufficient for local needs and you will always have very poor parking there. You complain about losing bookings to other village halls but Over Wallop, Weyhill, Grateley, Quarley, and the Old Dairy Barn at Tangley, have adequate or excellent parking. As Private Fraser would say, ‘without parking, you’re doomed’! Ian Sent from my iPad

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  5. mikecleugh says:

    Ian, You are clearly not aware of the work undertaken by a team from Monxton last year to ascertain what a refurbishment project would encompass and cost.

    The refurbishment work was to address some of the issues to improve the hall but the fact is that this was going to cost in excess of £150K and did not address the fundamental problems with the current hall, i.e being not fit for purpose and lacking modern facilities and using an old boiler with a high carbon footprint.

    In addition, the new plan will retain the foundations, plus the water, sewage and power which would normally cost at least £100-150k thereby reducing the cost of the new build which being glass and oak is low cost and quick to assemble.

    As for the parking, this is meant to be for local use and we would expect more people to either walk or cycle which is also better for their health and the environment.

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  6. Ben Horne says:

    We need a replacement asap, it’s currently an underused eyesore. I’m fully supportive of this plan. Grateful also to Luke Rose.

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  7. Martin Baker says:

    I have a feeling that the comments ‘without parking, you are doomed’ is key.

    The oak framed design is nice.

    Who owns the adjacent field ? Buy it, and sort the parking problem.

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  8. Rachel Banks says:

    The current village hall is certainly unattractive, as newcomers to the village we were looking for a venue for an adult birthday party, having visited the hall we swiftly dismissed the idea due to it being unsuitable, and not a welcoming venue, in preference for delaying our plans to use our own garden in the summer. We have a young baby and a new hall could be a great asset for baby groups etc in the future.
    If the limited parking could somehow be resolved that would be ideal, the new design is attractive and will hopefully be a great asset to the village.

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