Plans for a new village hall
The current village hall has served Harby well but it is showing its age, both in the quality and flexibility of the accommodation and in the cost of maintenance. A plan for a new hall was submitted to the Parish Council in 2016 and was the subject of a public presentation and consultation with local residents in 2017. There was strong support for the project in response to a questionnaire issued at that time. Advice was subsequently sought from Melton Borough Council Planning Department and an arboriculturist, and there were further discussions with the Parish Council. Some illustrations of the proposed design are provided below and the full plans can be downloaded using the links on this page. Here are some key elements of the proposal:
- The new village hall would be constructed at the western end of the village car park, with access from Langar Lane (see the map below). The old hall would remain in use during the construction period to avoid any interruption in this amenity.
- In addition to a main hall with a stage, the new building would include meeting rooms; extensive storage space; a kitchen, bar and serveries; a box office/reception desk; WCs and changing rooms. Outside, there would be a veranda with views across the Leys towards St Mary’s Church and an enclosed children’s play area. Dedicated parking would be provided onsite, with pedestrian links to the adjacent village car park.
- The old village hall would be demolished and the site used for the construction of a pair of semi-detached properties, with the proceeds from the sale of the land being put towards the cost of the new hall.
The Parish Council has recently expressed concern about the loss of green space that the above development would involve. This was recorded in the minutes of their meeting of 20th January 2020 as follows:
More work is therefore required before we have a proposal that has Parish Council approval and can move forward to a planning application and fundraising campaign. We will provide updates on progress through this website.