Planners have given the go ahead for Sovereign Harbour to have a community centre.
Permission has been granted for part of Site 6, near Pacific House.
However, the centre cannot be built until an access road and pedestrian footpath have been constructed – neither of which have yet have planning applications submitted. It’s expected an application for the road will be submitted by early June, with approval likely to be granted between June and August, and a completion date, sometime in October.
Another constraint facing the construction of the community centre, is rare species in the area, with reptiles and slowworms needing to be relocated to nearby woodland first.
Concerns were raised about the pedestrian footpath, which would need a crossing near to the Asda roundabout. Currently, the proposal is for an island to be installed, but the committee has requested County Highways consider a puffin crossing.
The community centre has been a long-running issue for Sovereign Harbour, with sites and applications being approved and denied several times in the past. Some residents remain sceptical as to whether the building will ever become a reality.