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The existing village Hall, known as the Reading Room, was built in 1908. Whilst this was of adequate size in the 1900s as the village population has increased the facilities and size became inadequate.
In 2004, Buxted Parish Council embarked upon the creation of a new parish plan to be linked to Wealden District Council’s Local Framework plan. One item clearly identified by this exercise was the desire by local residents to have a new village hall, with up-to-date facilities, to replace the existing 1908 Parish Council Reading Room.
A steering group was formed in 2009 to take the matter forward and following a number of consultation exercises with current and potential users and local residents, the Buxted Parish Council appointed an architect and plans for a new hall were drawn up. An outline agreement for a suitable site on a piece of land in the heart of the village, owned by the Basil Ionides Memorial Centre (Registered Charity number 305192) was made and the steering committee formalised registration of the Buxted Community Hall Trust in 2011.
The proposed building will provide a large hall, a smaller hall and a community café area. The hall will be surrounded by green space and has been designed to provide a natural route through to the adjacent recreation ground and maximize the use of the outdoor space in the centre of the village.
Wealden District Council formally granted planning consent on 17th December 2014 and in 2017 confirmed planning permission and building regulations in perpetuity. The project is planned to be undertaken in two phases. Phase 1 Groundworks began in December 2017 realigning the entrance to the Scout Hut and laying part of the foundations for the new hall. Fundraising will continue to meet the financial target needed to complete the project.
New Village Hall Project
BCHT Statement post Buxted Parish Assembly is available