Thank you to everyone who filled in surveys and talked to us through the consultation for a new community hub in Halesworth. Follow the link for an Executive Summary of the findings. The full report is available on request from Halesworth Town Council.
From what you told us in the surveys, we have a clear idea of what people want to see. A community hub for Halesworth will serve the town and the surrounding area. It will be a welcoming and accessible place for all. It will provide a versatile space for a range of users and uses. This will include delivering local services and space to meet others. It will meet the gaps in community provision and be environmentally and financially sustainable. This is part of the Town Council’s 5 year ambition.
Background to the community hub project
Land on Saxons Way next to the Co-op has been allocated for the new community facility through the Local Plan. The Halesworth Neighbourhood Plan also identifies the need for a community hub. Consultation has being undertaken by Halesworth Town Council to fully understand what facilities, services and activities already operate, and how a new community hub can fill any gaps in community provision.
Halesworth has a range of community buildings, but notably lacks a community hub where a range of activities can be provided. Halesworth Neighbourhood Plan strongly supports the aspiration for a modern and accessibly centre, particularly as the population of town is going to grow.
The Halesworth Hub will be the heart of the community, serving the town and the surrounding area. It will provide a versatile space for a range of users and uses, including delivering local services. It will meet the gaps in community provision, and be environmentally and financially sustainable.
Location for a new community hub
Land for a community facility has been allocated in the East Suffolk Local Plan. The site is next to the Co-op on Saxons Way, close to Halesworth town centre. The land will be transferred from East Suffolk Council to the Town Council at an appropriate time.
Significant funding will come from Community Infrastructure Levy, a charge on new development in the area. However, further funding is likely to be needed and the Town Council will be working to identify the options available.