Frequently Asked Questions (26.01.18)
Southborough Hub Consultation Feedback – You said we did (13.05.16)
Community Hub Draft Plans (12.07.16)
Community Hub Revised Draft Plans (27.09.18)
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27 September 2018
Please find below an update on the Southborough Hub development.
Plans for the Southborough Hub will be discussed at Southborough Town Council on the evening of the 27 September 2018. The plans previously submitted and agreed by planners have had to be revised following cost increases that have led to the current consented scheme being over budget. The new plans reflect the previous aspirations for the facility and include a hall/theatre, community rooms, GP surgery, library, football pavilion and council facilities. Final sign off on the plans will be done by the Project Board, this is made up of Kent County Council, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Southborough Town Council who will agree to submit the plans for planning approval and this will take place in the next few weeks.
Revised plans will be available from the 28 September onwards on the following website: http://www.southboroughcouncil.co.uk/southborough-community-hub/
The project has saved costs through predominantly cutting back on generous areas of circulation space which delivers little in terms of tangible benefits to the scheme. In addition the café has been removed as the business case for it no longer stacks up given the four cafes now open on the high street and the potential for a further one next door on the Crest Nicholson scheme. The facility will however consider meeting customer needs for a café via a high quality self-service machine and comfortable seating.
The hall remains as before, a flexible space able to accommodate up to 350 people with tiered retractable seating and the building will allow for multi-location pop up bars for use during events and shows. The community rooms and football pavilion have slightly increased in size to the benefit of the wider public. The GP surgery remains within the scheme as before but has had further input from NHS England. While progress continues to be made on this front, this area remains the last outstanding major risk to the project being fully funded and we are hopeful of securing the final funding elements within the coming months.
The previous design’s look and feel was very distinctive and would have made the building a clear landmark in Southborough. While this to a degree did contribute to some diverging local opinions, the Southborough based architects have made changes to ensure the new designs give a form and shape which is more traditional. They have also managed to create a larger square between the Hub and the housing by pushing the facility further north thus increasing the size of the public realm and accentuating the building and clearly defining it as a civic facility, surrounded by a suitably large civic space.
Work on site has now begun to put in the spine road, the parking, gas, water, drainage and electric connections for the Hub. Baxall have been appointed to deliver the main build and the engineering works on the fields are also now complete. The Council is also currently making good progress in negotiating heads of terms with the football club for their lease on the football pavilion and the club continues to improve on their fund raising target.
Cllr Ian Kinghorn said “The re-design was never about starting the project again, it was about refining the current scheme that we already had and sticking as close as possible to what was already consented. To that end, I am pleased with what the architects have done and consultation with the public can now start and will be based on the planning process, with any further minor refinements happening once we receive feedback.”
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Southborough Community Hub Development Consultation Analysis Report
Following the Consultation on the development of the Southborough Hub, the results were analysed by an independent Company.
To view their report, please click on the link. Southborough Hub Consultation Report
Equality Impact Assessment
To see the latest update click the link.
Please note – Minutes with a ‘d’ beside them indicate that these are draft and may be amended at the next meeting.
Redacted minutes of the Southborough Hub Project Board Meetings – It is necessary to take out any commercially sensitive information.
29.06.2015 05.08.2015 09.09.2015 05.11.2015 19.01.2016
01.03.2016 04.04.2016 05.05.2016 07.07.2016 21.07.2016
06.10.2016 07.12.2016 24.01.2017 13.03.2017 15.05.2017
17.07.2017 01.11.2017 31.01.2018 06.03.2018 26.04.2018
Redacted minutes of the Southborough Hub Working Group Meetings – It is necessary to take out any commercially sensitive information.
04.09.2013 04.11.2013 13.12.2013 04.04.2014 03.06 2014
02.09.2014 30.09.2014 02.12.2014 06.01.2015 03.03.2015
28.04.2015 02.06 2015 14.07.2015 01.09.2015 06.10.2015
03.11.2015 01.12.2015 05.02.2016 01.03.2016 05.04.2016
06.05.2016 07.06.2016 07.07.2016 02.08.2016 02.09.2016
05.10.2016 02.11.2016 02.12.2016 10.01.2017 02.02.2017
03.03.2017 04.04.2017 06.06.2017 04.07.2017 15.08.2017
05.09.2017 03.10.2017 07.11.2017 05.12.2017 06.02.2018
06.03.2018 01.05.2018 05.06.2018 07.08.2018
Collaboration Agreement (signed 04.07.2016)
Southborough Community Hub – Viability Presentation (03.10.14)
Draft Business Plan (24.04.17)
Risk Register (21.09.18)