New Community Centre

The Community Centre Consultation Feedback Report is below.

Thank you to all of you who attended the presentations and who submitted consultation forms or comments.

Community Centre Consultation Feedback Report – March 2020

Background information

The current community hall, Copt Hall is beyond economical repair and the village needs a new hall.

We considered a range of locations and know that the preference is near Highgate, however no sites near Highgate are available.

In January 2019 Hawkhurst Parish Council decided to build the new community centre at King George V Playing Field.

Hawkhurst Parish Council will oversee the development and building of the new community centre.

Once the new community centre has been built, Hawkhurst Community Trust 2018, a new community trust, will oversee the day to day operation of the new community centre.

Link to Hawkhurst Community Trust 2018

The project will have several stages.

Design stage – We liaised with the public and users of existing halls to bring forward an outline brief, this has been developed into a Client Brief for architects.

We tendered and interviewed three architects and have appointed Cyma Architects.

We aim to have an initial design available in the early 2020 for a public exhibition and consultation. – see Community Centre Consultation Feedback Report March 2020.

We will take on board the comments and amend as required to bring forward a final design for planning permission.

Permission stage – The project manager will ensure we get best value and apply for permissions, such as planning.

Building stage – We will tender the building contract and seek best value.

Opening – We aim to work with HCT 2018 to open the new community centre in 2021/22.

HCT 2018 is an independent trust set up to operate the community centre once it has been built.

The find out more about HCT 2018 and how you can help visit their website.

If you have a question please visit Frequently Asked Questions.

If the answer is not on the FAQ list please email

We will regularly update the FAQ.

We will be keep the public informed as the project develops.