How we got here….
The referendum on 28th March will decide whether planning permission is given to build Cherhill’s new village hall at the junction of Park Lane and the A4. It’s been a 4-year journey to get to this stage but the need for a new hall has been recognised for over a decade as, although the current hall has served the village well, it has many shortcomings.
It was the offer of a land donation in 2014 which suddenly made a new hall possible and a project team was formed to move things forward. An architectural competition was won by world famous Make Architects and their design evolved through feedback from the village into an attractive, sustainable building in sympathy with its setting but offering the village modern facilities for years to come.
It was decided to use a Community Right to Build Order (CRtBO) to get approval to build and a series of surveys and studies were commissioned by the project team as part of this process – the first time it has been used in Wiltshire although many similar projects have been approved throughout the country. The design proposal, together with all the surveys and studies, went through an exhaustive public consultation process and then an independent inspector was appointed by Wiltshire Council to review the proposal and ensure that it was compliant with all the relevant legislation and planning regulations. The inspector approved the proposal without a single amendment.
Having successfully worked through the CRtBO process we are now approaching the final stage which is the referendum, where the village decides whether planning permission should be given through a simple ‘Yes/No’ question. The vote will be managed by Wiltshire Council and everybody in Cherhill who is on the electoral roll will receive either a polling card or a postal voting form. The polling station will be the current village hall and voting will take place on 28th March 2019. If the majority of those who vote are in favour then the CRtBO is ‘made’ and planning permission is granted.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us to follow in the footsteps of previous generations of villagers who built the Memorial Hall in 1920 and the current village hall in 1976. Please remember the date and make sure you have your say….
Vote on March 28th