Community Facilities Working Group

The Community facilities Working group was set up to explore how the Parish Council might fund the building of a community owned and managed new community centre.

The current community centre is no longer fit for purpose both in terms of its size, and that it is a shared building with the school (no longer acceptable from a safeguarding aspect). Also, that it is not owned by the Parish but only leased from Herefordshire Council, severely limiting what we can do with the building.

The owners of New House Farm have outline planning permission for a residential development adjacent to Marden Primary School. As part of the community consultation linked with the project, it was identified that the Parish would benefit from a more focused heart
to Marden village and as a result proposals for the site were developed which included the provision of a new
village green and Community Centre. The site for the village green and Community Centre will be gifted to the
Parish under a section 106 agreement linked to the development proposals and Outline planning permission
for the New House Farm development site

Planning Status
The New House Farm development site is subject to Outline Planning Approval – No. 150989 (Proposed
residential development of up to 90 dwellings, with provision of a site for a community building and associated
open public space).
Under this Outline Approval, the developer of the New House Farm site has submitted a Reserved Matters
Application – No. 190182 relating to the 90 houses on the development site.
In addition, proposals for the Community Centre and village green were submitted as a Reserved Matters
Application – No. 201008, under the same Outline Planning Approval. The basis of this application forms the
basis of the design for this appointment.
Currently, both Reserved Matters Applications are yet to be determined because of the issue related to
phosphates levels in the River Lugg, but it is expected that once resolved the approvals will be granted.

The current group are actively exploring innovative methods of funding the project have unfortunately been unsuccessful in its request to parishioner to fund the build by increasing the precept to pay for a low interest, fixed cost public works loan

If you would like to join the group please see further information on the Parish Council Website or contact the Parish Clerk

Jeremy Stephens,


Phone: 07856 282037

Address: 83 Walkers Green, Marden, HR1 3EA