Current Development

Welcome to the new Developments page.  We will report here any new updates regarding the development of the land and progress with building a brand new Shul building.

January 2020.  We have seen some early plans  It has the Shul over to the right of the land with the flats on the left corner.  The rest of the land will be car-parking and landscaping.  Still some work to do on the plans but we will share them as soon as we are ready.

December 2019.  Second pre-planning has been approved by the council.  We are now pushing ahead with the design of the Shul and also with gaining full planning permission.

May 2019.  We are hoping that pre-planning will be submitted this week.  This will enable us to establish what can realistically be developed on our land.  We have already had a number of charities contact us to rent out the proposed third floor offices!  A bit early but an indication of how exciting this new Charity Hub could become.

February 2019.  We have a surveyor and a solicitor in place to make sure that we act in the best interest of our members.  We are in the currently reviewing the needs of the Shul.

December 2018.  The project to build a new Shul building is progressing.  We are in the process of deciding on a developer and have been provided with some very exciting proposals from two developers with a third promising to follow.  We will be making a decision very soon.

November 2018.  After much discussion the survey is ready to send out.  This is the first stage following the winning lottery fund.  A big thank you to Maddy for creating the on-line version of the survey for us.  The Chief Rabbi’s office have shown an interest in seeing the results of the survey and the Chief Rabbi has personally invited us down to London to discuss the project with him.

June 2018.  Amazing News!!!  It took four submissions and five months but we made it.  We have been awarded a Big Lottery Fund of £10k.  This is going to fund a feasibility study into the viability of building a community centre and Shul on our land.  We have the help of the Chief Rabbi’s office who are very interested in this project and who are offering plenty of advice.  We also have the help of a number of local experts in the field of grant applications.  The next stage is for the project team get together for a meeting, which will happen later in the month, to discuss how we best use this grant.  All I will say for now is; keep your eyes open for surveys headed your way soon!

January 2018.  We have applied for a Big Lottery Grant to investigate the possibilities of building a community centre.

December 2017.  Houses seems the best option for us but we would only get enough for a smaller Shul so before we commit to this we are going to investigate further options.

November 2017.  The first suggestions on where the new Shul building might be located on our land is at the end.  We have suggested that a path from Middleton Road should also be included.