New village hall

Following a meeting of the Northants County Council Joint Planning Unit, the Cottingham and Middleton Village Hall trustees have been asked to review the design of the new Village Hall and its position within the Village Acre, which is the area of land to the East side of the recreation field (as shown on the diagram opposite).

We will bring you more news as plans progress.


Village Hall trustees

Pete Bowman (Chair)
Tony Freeman (Vice Chair)
Irene Beadsworth
Sarah Brant
Mike Curtis
Owen Davison
Jo Leaning
Simon Medwell


Background

In 2006, planning permission was granted for a new village hall in Middleton, to be located on land at the entrance to Glover Court, to be partly funded by Section 106 monies from Glover Court developers Faircloughs.

In February 2007, the charitable trust managing the development of the new hall changed its name from ‘Middleton Village Hall Trust (Northants)’ to ‘Cottingham and Middleton Village Hall Trust (Northants)’ and its constitution was amended to include the parish of Cottingham in its ‘area of benefit’.

In July 2012, a survey was developed to find out what villagers wanted from any new recreation amenities in the village, which included a question as to where they would like the new village hall sited, either at the entrance to Glover Court or on the Cottingham recreation field.

Having reviewed villagers’ feedback, it was decided that the new village hall should be located on the recreation field and, in July 2013, the trustees presented initial plans and drawings to villagers at the annual Summer Fete.

In February 2015, a planning application was submitted to Corby Borough Council for the hall, but this was put on hold while a number of issues were resolved, including land ownership and access to the site.

In September 2015, it was agreed that the village hall would be sited entirely on the Village Acre, after the Borough and County councils had agreed in principle that access and exit could be from Mill Road.