Community hall dream could finally be reality for Wygate Park residents
After a long campaign by ward councillors and residents, residents of Spalding's Wygate Park look set to get a community hall.
A hybrid application was made by Kier Living - for full permission to build 34 further homes on rough land designated by original housing developer Allison Homes for recreational use when planning permission was granted in 2004 and outline permission for the hall and car park.
The site is currently very uneven and unsuitable as an area for playing or walking - and also has an open, often water-filled swale on one side.
It was originally intended that a community hall would be constructed on Wygate Park, but the period to apply for reserved matters for the hall has expired and the s106 agreement only allowed for a basic building. As the hall was not built, South Holland recovered £90,000 from the developer.
Kier Living proposed that if given permission to build a further 34 homes adjacent to Wygate Park Academy, they will contribute an additional £100,000 to fund the construction of the community facility as a Unilateral Undertaking.
In addition, £56,382 will be contributed to educational provision at Wygate Park Academy and £22,440 towards extending the car park at Munro Medical Centre, in West Elloe Avenue.
Ward councillor Christine Lawton said: "Wygate lacks a meeting point or a heart where the community can come together.
"Where there can be Cubs ... bingo ... a place to meet and socialise. It would be a lasting legacy and I would like us to go for it."
Coun Chris Brewis said he "had long had a feeling of Wygate as a large, soulless area without a heart".
Coun Harry Drury described the decision as "a bit of a no-brainer" and a "natural extension of the existing site in a residential location".
"It's a massive tick in the box for community cohesion," he added.
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