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Date

Task

Documents


Existing shop was put up for sale


June 2017


SOS Survey - 97% of responses said shop was very important to the village.

However, SOS team struggled to find an affordable site for the shop in the village.


July 2017

Save Our Shop public meeting

East Boldre Post Office and Shop Public Meeting 15 July 2017.pdf

Nov 2017

Initial drawings for the hub based on a Nissen hut design - version 1. Submitted as planning pre-application to New Forest National Park Planning Department.

Pre App East Boldre Village Hall.pdf

Dec 2017

Feedback on planning pre-application from New Forest National Park Planning Department was generally positive. Some actions are required but nothing insurmountable.

NPA Pre App Feedback 1.pdf

Save Our Shop / Community Hub Public Meeting

East Boldre Post Office and Shop Public Meeting 16 Dec 2017.pdf

Mar - May 2018

Successfully raised over £8,000, mainly from the community, to get the hub project going (to cover planning costs, consultants etc.). This was through online Crowd Funding together with other donations and the associated Gift Aid.


July 2018

Commissioned full ecological and bat surveys, £3,135 but required by Natural England to fully understand the impact of the development on the site.

East Boldre Village Hall Ecological Appraisal Report July 2018.pdf

Sep 2018

Feedback from Natural England. Generally positive with some conditions that are manageable.  

DAS East Boldre Village Hall Reply 28 Sept 2018.pdf

We have had a positive response from Forestry England (formerly the Forestry Commission) and have built a good working relationship with them.


Informal meetings were held with the Verderers.


Subject to a suitable design, these agencies are happy for us to rebuild the village hall into a community hub.


Oct 2018

Verderers asked Forestry England to clarify in writing its legal position regarding its ability to grant a licence for a shop on the Village Hall site.


Nov 2018

We became a member of the Plunkett Foundation (gives advice and supports rural communities' businesses). Have been getting much needed advice from them throughout 2019.


Verderers visit village hall site.


Dec 2018

Shop licence problem first raised by the Verderers - Forestry Commission do not have legal power to grant a licence to operate a shop on Crown Land. See ongoing activities.


Mar 2019

2nd version of the Hub design to address issues raised in response to the first proposal by NPA and others. However, this had several issues:

  • Lack of space for a 2nd function room
  • Loss of part of car park
  • Upper levels separate so additional stairs ate into already limited space on 1st floor.

East Boldre Village Hall Version 2 Design Images and Floor Plans.pdf

Sought legal advice to independently clarify our position regarding shop licence.


Apr 2019

Potential solution to this problem proposed by Verderers, formally minuted at their court meeting in June.


May 2019

3rd version of design drawings to address the major issues raised by the planning department, Natural England, Forestry England and the Verderer's and maximise utilisation of space. See Hub Design Concepts for more information.

East Boldre Village Hall Design 3 Version 1.pdf

Aug 2019

Pre-planning meeting with NPA for 3rd version of plans. Primarily to explain why upstairs room essential for viability of the Hub.

NPA EBVH Meeting 7 August 2019.pdf

Awaiting Feedback

Sep 2019

Applied for Bright Ideas grant for start-up community businesses - to bolster our fighting fund.

Will hear by 2nd Dec 2019.

The hub plans for the school bus to use the Village Hall car park were brought forward and have been implemented to improve children's safety.


East Boldre Demographic Study - for input to shop business case. Helps understand how our shop's customer base compares to Woodgreen and Pilley.

Shop Demographics.pdf

Oct 2019

Analysed the results of Save Our Shop survey to ensure we take the feedback onboard.

Save Our Shop Survey Results Public Meeting July 2017.pdf

Nov 2019

Hub lane Representatives recruited to provide contact point for hub information and feedback of ideas for their immediate neighbours. See Lane Representatives page.



We still have £3,970 left to cover upcoming planning application costs.


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