Council to rule on village hall plan

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Plans to develop Monks Eleigh Village Hall were expected to be approved yesterday.

Under the proposals, the village hall – said to be suffering from “concrete cancer” – would be knocked down and replaced with four homes.

The scheme was originally granted planning permission in 2009, but lapsed when no work was started.

The latest proposal is identical in design to the former plans, with the council noting that the development would “facilitate the provision of a replacement village hall”.

A new hall is set to be built on recreation land the parish council owns on Church Hill.

The plan originally served as an alternative to a scheme to have a joint-use community building on the site of the village primary school. After a poor Ofsted report, which has seen the school emptied of staff and pupils, this had to be scrapped.

Subject to the plan being passed, councillors are likely to attach a number of conditions, including a time limit for work to begin, vehicular access and for a archeological investigation to be carried out.

There may also be a planning obligation added for the alternative hall to be built.

The plans were due to go before Babergh District Council’s planning committee yesterday.