Hall and post office plan for village
A £630,000 project to create a village hall and post office in the heart of a North Devon village has been given its first major cash injection.
Plans to build a village hall in Bishops Nympton — which will also contain a shop, a kitchen, a servery and a committee room — have been ongoing since 1997.
The planning authority, North Devon Council, has now agreed to release £60,000 from its capital programme to help the project off the ground — with construction expected to begin within the next three months.
The building, which will cost £600,000 to build, will stand on former farming land adjacent to Spire Lake Close.
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John Parkhouse, spokesman for the Village Hall Steering Committee,
Mr Parkhouse said the community shop, which is run by volunteers, would probably be replaced by a commercial venture in the hall.
The former village hall will be used exclusively by Bishops Nympton Primary School once the new building is complete.
Other funding avenues include £15,000 from the parish council, £95,000 from the sale of the village hall, £100,000 from Leader 4 Funding and £17,000 from a section 106 agreement.