Snubbed village launches scaled back proposals

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A PARISH council which had its hopes of building a new sports pavilion dashed has launched a fresh bid for a new community building.

Oving Parish Council was left reeling after a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, which would have helped pay for a £380,000 pavilion and meeting room, did not materialise last year.

It had been given planning permission for the facility in May last year, but has been forced to scale back its plans.

A fresh application, lodged with Aylesbury Vale District Council, says: “Realising that, without the grant, the building could not be achieved, the parish council has decided to opt for a smaller, more achievable, building for use as a village community building, and to spend a relatively small sum on improving the existing sports pavilion.”

If given the thumbs up, the building will go in the village recreation ground, to the east of the Bowling Alley.

The planning statement lodged by the parish council, continues: “There are no adequate meeting facilities in the village, but public consultation has thrown up a strong need to provide them. This is especially important at this time, when there are over 70 children under the age of 11 years. The proposals in this application are the parish council’s response to those needs. The site is most accessible and the building would be visually enhanced by an attractive backdrop of mature trees.”