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The village is the principal location for facilities for
individuals, groups, clubs and societies to meet and take part
in recreational and social activities. As a result, in part due
to the generous benefactor- provided bequests in the early to
mid-part of the 20th century. There have been an
ample provision of meetings areas at the Orpen Memorial Hall
Complex supported by those at local churches, as well as large
areas of open space at the Lorkin Daniell Field, Poor's Land,
Village Green and the Allotments. A large number of individuals
and clubs and societies use these facilities on a regular basis.
However, in understanding the future requirements of the
village and parish it has been instructive to understand
pressures that are being felt and whether these assets are well
placed to provide for the future particularly as the village
expands. These pressures have emerged through examining various
information sources and through surveys.
There is a large village hall complex available to hire which
is managed in Trust by the Parish Council. Part of the building
is licenced to West Bergholt Social Club open to all members of
the community to join.
The halls and rooms are booked up weeks, if not months, in
advance and for some uses such as indoor sports are not really
adequate for all the purposes asked of it. There is neither a
Parish Office nor Community Hub and therefore the village lacks
a central point of contact and co-ordination thus relying on
contact being made through email and suchlike. Elsewhere other
meeting places are available to hire at the Scout Hut and Church
Feedback from surveys highlighted these limitations and there
was support for expansion where this was affordable and
To support further use by the community new or expanded
facilities at the Orpen Memorial Hall complex will be required.
buildings there are the allotments, 3 play areas, two sports
fields and a multi-use hard court area; the recreational areas
are predominantly used for football and tennis. There are
regular users of all these facilities which are very well
Overall there are currently plots for future allotment holders
but little opportunity for further uses of the sports areas.
This matter is picked up later in the document, however the
feeling is that some consolidation is required to allow for
informal use of open spaces as distinct from regular uses. Major
drawback for sport includes the lack of changing facilities and
Of concern is also the rapidly diminishing space in the
churchyard for burials and this is expected to become exhausted
within two years.
There is a wide range of clubs, societies and interest groups
and more being set up all the time. The main issue here is
over-use of the hall facilities which is covered above. Although
the clubs and societies cover children up to age 15 and middle
and older age groups, there is a lack of activities for older
teenagers and younger adults. Central to promotion of these
activities is the use of information systems, electronic booking
arrangements and the link up with the website and social media.
As a further example of the pressure on facilities the extensive
use of the hall complex by the Bluebell Pre-school group is
testament to the need to enable daytime activities to be catered
for as the population ages and older residents endeavour to find
places to meet up.
The Approach in the plan is threefold:
As the objectives relate in part to the use and development of
land and wider community aspirations both Planning Policies and
Community Ambitions have been developed.
Village Society and Community Planning
Protection of Community Facilities
All development must demonstrate an enhancement to the
quality of life and wellbeing of the local community
and, where appropriate, promote diversity and enhance
community cohesion through the provision of new multiuse
facilities or contributions to existing facilities, The
loss of existing community buildings will be resisted
unless it can be demonstrated that demand within the
locality for the facility no longer exists or suitable
alternative provision is made elsewhere.
New Community Facilities
Proposals that improve the quality and/or range of
community facilities, particularly those for younger and
older age groups, will be supported provided that the
development is of a scale appropriate to the needs of
the locality and is conveniently accessible for
residents of the village.
Provision for a parish office/community hub will be
Village Society and Community Ambitions
In order to provide for the needs of the parish the
village hall complex consisting of the Orpen and John
Lampon Halls will be further enhanced as a community
resource. Further community buildings may be considered
should opportunities present themselves.
Village societies, clubs and other community-based
organisations will be actively promoted through a
variety of communication channels. New community members
will be informed how to participate in village and
parish life through all available media channels, both
electronic and print based.