We are delighted to report that positive progress has been made on the project to provide a community store in Preston Candover.
There is now agreement in place for the store to be sited alongside the village hall, on Preston Farms land and about 15 metres to the north of the hall.
Lord Sainsbury has agreed to lease the necessary land and the village hall has agreed to share the carpark for customer parking and to allow pedestrian access to the new store.
The store will be a simple, timber clad single storey building with a pitched roof and a covered entrance porch at one corner. Smaller in scope and scale than the original proposal there will be no vehicle parking or landscaping on the field to minimise its impact. The planning application has been submitted.
As such, the store committee invites all valley residents to an informal information event in the village hall on Saturday 20th January 2018 from 10am until 1.15pm at which the plans and drawings will be displayed. Committee members will be available to answer any questions. We will ensure there is enough time following the event for comments to be made to Basingstoke and Deane’s planning department before the consultation period expires.
Once planning permission is granted, fund raising will begin in earnest and we will be calling upon support from the whole community. Indeed, 2018 looks to be a very exciting year for the community store project.
In the meantime, Jane and Rob continue to support the project from Canterton Stores for which we remain very grateful. They are trialling new hours in January and have asked us to inform you that the shop will now open at 10am and close at 4.30pm. (with Wed and Sat remaining 1/2 days.)
They also have staff vacancies for Wed am, Friday pm and alternate Saturdays so if you’re looking for a few hours work a week please call Rob or Jane on 01256 389241.
We hope to see many of you on 20th January and look forward to an exciting 2018.