STATUS AS AT DECEMBER 2016

Having carried out a large number of community consultations as described below, we instructed our appointed architects, Deacon & Richardson to apply to DNPA for planning permission which was subsequently granted.  This was followed by Buildiing Regulations approval.

Following successful fundraising applications, principally from a private Trust, we embarked on the building of Phase A (new Library, Heritage Centre, and ladies toilets at the front of the building) in August and this phase is now nearing completion on time and within budget.

An application has been submitted for funding to support phase B (new entrance foyer/bar and further toilets).  If successful, work is planned to start in March 2017.

INTRODUCTION TO THE PROPOSED BUILDING PROGRAMME

The Jubilee Hall has been providing facilities to the local community since 1935.  The building, with its iconic appearance, is conveniently situated very near the heart of the community.

The building is held in Trust for the community and is managed by a Board of Trustees.  Over the past two years, the Trustees have been investigating the possibility of developing the building to overcome some shortcomings whilst maintaining the integrity of the building's appearance and purpose.

In particular the Trustees seek to provide:

  • A 'welcoming' entrance foyer / bar area, including exhibition space for local artists
  • A Heritage Centre and improved archive for Chagford Local History Society
  • New toilet facilities located behind the auditorium
  • Changing rooms for sports, performers etc
  • Enhanced stage / backstage facilities
  • Flexible space for small meetings/exhibitions

After inviting six local architects to present ideas as to how the above could be achieved on the existing site, the firm of Deacon & Richardson was selected and their Partner Alan Deacon is currently working 'pro bono' to support the early stages of the project.

Deacon & Richardson's proposal stood out as being the only one suggesting building an annexe on the front of the existing building whereas the Trustees had previously been thinking about the rear of the building.  The benefits afforded by this approach include:

  • No real planning implications for neighbouring properties on New Street
  • Placing the main entrance foyer and facilities at the front where it naturally belongs and being able to enhance the visual impact of the Jubilee Hall when viewed from the town
  • Allowing the Hall to function fully during the build programme
  • Creating a well defined 'Annexe' which, hopefully, will mean that the majority of the building works will be zero rated for VAT

As part of the Architect selection process, DNPA Planning have been informally consulted on three occasions.  They are supportive of the project and, in principle, see no problem with this approach.

Possible sources of funding are currently being investigated with the guidance of Julia Darby, whose very successful fundraising experience as the Manager of Moretonhampstead Development Trust during their major transformation of the Old School into the Greenhill Centre, will be invaluable.

We are currently carrying out a number of consultations with interested groups in the town (approx 40) in order to seek  feedback and support in principle for this exciting project.

Your observations and comments would be very much appreciated.  Please email feedback@chagfordjubilleehall.co.uk

If you would like to see more details of the plans or have any questions, please call Roger Stokes on 433397.

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