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We are seeking funding to bring the designs of a fantastic new community annexe at St george's through the planning process and enable us to move into the main phase of finalising technical designs and ultimately construction. Initial funding to create the designs of this community annexe has ben invested, but to bring this to fruition we first need planning permission. You can see more on the plans at www.stgeorgeshistoryandfuture.co.uk/future. The community annexe will have a community cafe with kitchen that could be used to teach cooking skills and train apprentices. Two main rooms which can be combined to create one large space and a smaller meeting room office along with toilets. These spaces will be open to the whole community to use in numerous ways, but we hope to see a regular youth club, lunch club, support groups and various community groups meeting regularly. They can also host larger one off events, for example film evenings or craft days.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The recent Washington survey that over 7000 people responded to highlighted the need for local centres for communites and safe spaces for young people. This annexe intends to be a hub for the local community through a community cafe, enable local events/activities and be available for people to be involved. It will enable existing groups to expand and develop, including the regular coffee morning, lunch club, craft group, toddler group, bereavement support, modelling group and youth groups. In the community questionnaire we sent out locally, (https://surveyhero.com/c/243ea19e), almost all respondants agreed there is a real need for better facilities in our area. Since the closure of the Harraton School, on the West Side of the A182 there are next to no other facilities for local people where over 4400 people live, 25% of whom are retired and over 500 children live (data taken from last census). St George's existing facilities are limited and are often pushed beyond capacity.
Steps to get it done:
On top of adding ways the local community can benefit, the annexe will also improve the sustainability of the church that serves teh local community in many ways already through baptism, weddings, funerals, hosting local school events and services, services of worship, groups to think about and discuss faith issues, plus the numerous community groups that already run mentioned elsewhere. Details of all of these can be found on our website. www.stgeorgesfatfield.co.uk
About the space
St George's Church and Community Annexe
Sunderland City Council
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Hi all, the additional bat surveys required by the council and report have been completed and while no bats are living in the area that will be developed, one roost was found on the far elefation. They are happy to recommend the project with a few conditions, many of which we are more than happy to do, in one case we intended on doing anyway, including more bat and bird boxes on trees, planting of fruit/berry trees and certain limitations on time of year when construction may take place. All good news, so we await for the council decision.
After requests from the council for further information, including reports on land /soil, the planning application has been validated and is now in full consultation. The application can be found at https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=QA9XR3BBMG200 You are welcome to make comments on the planning site (hopefully positive ones :) If you have any questions then please do feel free to contact us,
Once again, thank you everyone who backed this stage of our project to design and buiild a new community annexe to serve the people of the area. We have now received the pledges and are awaiting Spacehive to pass back the fees they agreed to wave - thank you to them too. The planning application has gone in this past week and we await further responses from them. Thank You
A massive THANK YOU to everyone who has backed our crowdfunding effort for the current phase of the planning towards a new community Annexe and community cafe. Your generosity has led the match funders (local council and community trusts) to give an amazing level of support so that we are now fully funded for this phase with some overfunding for the next phase of the work once planning permission is reached. A massive THANK YOU so much to those from the council charitable trusts who saw the community support and saw the benefits of this project for the community to back us so generously, Once planning permision is granted we will press on with the hard task of raising the funds to complete the project, but we Praise God that in these uncertain times, so many of you have generously supported us at this phase of the works. We genuinely believe that as the world becomes a scarier place, this project will be a real blessing to our community into the future and we hope and pray that the planning permission and next phase of this project comes to fruitiong quickly.