SHOTTERMILL Village Hall will now be demolished to make way for two houses after Waverley Borough Council gave planning permission. The hall at the end of Vicarage Lane had fallen into disrepair and is boarded up. Village hall trustees currently use money from the sale of the site, about £250,000, for community grants. Trustee Jennifer Peachey said grants were made from The Shottermill Village Hall War Memorial Trust to local groups and individuals, and over the last two years contributions have gone to groups including a youth congregation, an over 60s club and a counselling service. Haslemere Town Council supported the application and this was backed by neighbours with nine letters of support for the scheme this time, saying the site was being vandalised, it is an eyesore and the community now uses Haslewey. Neighbours also mentioned it was good the funds will be used to support people locally through grants. Waverley planning officers had recommended refusal for the latest scheme, saying construction could potentially harm mature trees, no affordable housing was proposed and trustees had not shown how money from the sale would benefit the community. Permission for five homes was first refused in 2005 and an appeal dismissed the same year. The site was sold to another developer who applied for two homes, which was also refused. The developers Elsmore altered the plans for the two houses in February. This was also refused despite support for the scheme and local members asked if another application could be referred to the planning committee. Permission was finally given after Waverley and town councillor Stephen Mulliner stepped in and spoke at the meeting earlier this month.
Village hall to make way for new homes
Thursday 19th June 2008 10:00 pm