‘Exciting’ Downham Market community centre revamp plans head into next stage

Artist's impression of Jubilee Community Centre in Downham. Photo: SUPPLIED.
Artist's impression of Jubilee Community Centre in Downham. Photo: SUPPLIED.

Detailed plans for a revamped community centre in Downham have been revealed after they were submitted to West Norfolk Council.

It comes after Downham Town Council held a public consultation on the Jubilee Community Centre proposals in January.

The redevelopment would see the Howdale Road building, which the town council have said is “sad, tired and no longer fit for purpose”, extended to accommodate existing users better and allow for more flexible use.

The plans would allow the existing nursery on site to operate within its own area and create a new community social space.

In its application, which was submitted in conjunction with architectural firm Chaplin Farrant Ltd, the council said: “The proposal will enable better use of the whole centre as it allows for different areas to function independently of each other.”

An exit via Rouse’s Lane is also proposed, with the existing access from Howdale Road to be kept to create a one-way system through the area, to “provide a better flow of traffic into and out of the site”.

It was noted that the majority of the 67 people who were at the public consultation returned positive feedback, praising the investment in the community facility.

Elizabeth Truss, MP for South West Norfolk, told the council that the project was “very exciting” and would be of “great benefit to the local community”.

West Norfolk Council is due to make a decision on the proposals by April 18.