A Nuneaton community center is to be bulldozed to make way for a modern replacement. The Nuneaton Muslim Society says the current building is no longer fit for purpose.
It wants to demolish the existing Edward Street center and build a new, bigger one on the same site. In a planning application submitted to Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council it explains that the current center no longer meets the demands of the community.
The center itself plays home to a number of different events and activities for the whole community. But plans to bring more can only take place if the building is in better repair.
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“The existing building is in need of serious repair and maintenance,” the application explains.
“The operating running costs are high due to the dated construction and inefficient heating system. Considerable investment is needed to overcome these deficiencies.
“The center caters for all ages and currently runs for the following activities:
- Day center for elderly
- Ladies fitness class
- Social Eating project
- Stay and Play for 0-5 year olds
- Homeless soup kitchen
- Honesty shop
- ESOL classes (working in partnership with Warwickshire County Council Adult Learning)
- Community events, meetings, functions and private hire
- Neighborhood Watch/Police/ Councillors bi-monthly meeting.
“There is demand for the following but they cannot be catered for within the existing centre.
- Male fitness classes
- Supplementary classes for youngsters
- Additional ESOL and other learning classes
- Activity area for youngsters as part of program of working to reduce anti-social behaviour.
The application goes on to explain that adapting and extending the existing building was investigated along with the new building. Demolishing the old center and building a new one was the preferred option for a number of reasons including more floor space, more effective, higher levels of energy efficiency and it will pave the way for better access and servicing.
It adds that the design of the new building would offer better noise protection for neighborhood residents and would be set back off the busy road. It would also allow for extra parking spaces and the bigger building would provide a bigger entrance which will mean better access for those with wheelchairs and pushchairs.
There will also be a lobby, an office and three separate community halls, which means more events can take place.
What happens now
The application seeks the green-light for outline planning permission for the demolition of the existing community center and erection of a new community center (all matters except access, layout and scale).
It is now being looked at by members of the planning team at the Town Hall. A decision is expected on whether the plans can go-ahead by May 30.