Summer 2010 - SSRC WINS PLANNING CONSENT!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THOSE WHO WORKED HARD TO GIVE SWANAGE SEA ROWING CLUB THE CHANCE FOR A PERMANENT BOATHOUSE AND CLUB FACILITIES....NOW WE HAVE TO RAISE £300,000 OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS TO BUILD THE HOME FOR THE CLUB.
At long last SSRC can now plan for a fundraising campaign to build the boathouse and Club facilities - we need to acheive this ambitious project to secure the future development of the Club and provide the facilities to allow us to build our membership and grow our activities even more widely into the community. If you have skills and experience in developing community and charity groups we need to hear from you! The hard working Chair and Committee members are building the capacity and knowledge within the Club but is a great deal to do in the next 12 months.
April 2010: The boathouse team are now reviewing the various comments and views received and, having recently met again with the Town council, are revising the brief to the achitects. Final plans, eady for submission, will be available shortly.
March 2010: HAVE YOUR SAY! We are now in the process of requesting small revisions to our plans before we submit them for planning in May/June. This is where we need the help of all Club members. Please have a look at the plans and give us your views. We cannot do much about the size and shape of the building, but there are bound to be some design features we have missed. What should be included in the new building/
Jan 2010: During the second half of 2009, Swanage Town Council proposed an alternative site at the boat park. This was attractive in that it was on a recognised marine area, away from the town and would cost in the order of £100K, rather than the £250-£300K budgeted for Prince Albert Gardens. Several meetings later (with both the Council and the Fishermen who use the huts there) and it became apparent that this scheme wasn't as straightforward or attractive as might have been first thought. So...6 months further down the line and we once again find ourselves contemplating a building opposite our current site.
July 2009: The trustees have met and agreed that is in the best interests of the Club to pursue the boathouse at £250,000. Dee Barron is starting to pull together the various funding streams whilst Bryan Taylor is in touch with the development officers from the ARA and CPGA. A position statement outlining the project is being prepared.
May 2009: At the AGM, Bryan Taylor gave a short presentation to the membership about progress to date. Working with architects MorganCarey, we have now arrived at a design that suits our needs and that appears to be acceptable to Purbeck District Council. The liekly cost of the building, which will effectively be buried into the hillside is in the area of £250,000.
30 June 2008: The first plans have been drawn up and the boat house group met on 30 June to peg out the building on the proposed site. A number of issues were identified, mainly concerning the levels cut into the slope, the potential loss of amenity space and the impact of the building as seen from the amphitheatre area. We have some options to consider and your boat house group will look at these before moving forwards.
May 2008: We have now met the case officer from Purbeck and outlined our plans to him. As expected, there are still snags over the siting of the building but it is still our intention to produce some plans and get them submitted by July.
22 April 2008: The boathouse group had a productive meeting last night with the Town Council focus group. We agreed on a collective approach to take with Purbeck and were given some useful ideas and pointers. Next step now is to meet Purbeck planners towards the end of April and touch base again with the focus group on 6 May.
April 2008: The boathouse group, led by Martin Steeden, intends to apply for plannng permission in July this year, which would mean the plans being considered at the August planning meeting. The odds are not in our favour however; the land is outside the development area and the policy is against granting planning permission in that area. Martin's team is working to put a robust case together to turn those odds our way, and as we get nearer to the date, everyone in the club can do their bit towards raising our profile and drawing awareness to our need.