PLANS to build a new village hall near Worcester have been revealed.

Whittington Parish Council has put forward plans to demolish the existing village hall in Church Lane in Whittington and replace it with a new modern building.

The construction of the new village hall comes after the parish council was awarded a £300,000 grant by Wychavon District Council.

The new village hall would include a multi-function hall, meeting rooms, play area and a new 32-space car park.

The parish council said the current building was approaching a state of disrepair and was proving expensive to maintain.

The funding, which comes from the district council's community legacy grant scheme and was the largest single sum to be awarded, was announced in March and hands over funding to "innovative and ambitious" projects which create a "significant community legacy."

A statement included with the application said: "The building is approaching a state of disrepair and is soon to be no longer economically viable to maintain and it is felt that a new contemporary village hall would be better suited to the site to accommodate the needs of the local community and surrounding the areas.

"Given the current state of the existing building, and the need to provide the village with a suitable meeting place for the parish council as well as providing meeting rooms or the use of the hall for functions, it is considered the site is a sustainable location whereby local residents would have no worse access to services, amenities and public transport."

Consultation on the plan ends on October 3.

Comments can be made via the planning section of Wychavon District Council's website.

The application number is 19/01823/FUL.

A meeting of Whittington Parish Council will take place in Whittington Village Hall at 7.30pm tonight (September 10) where a report on the progress of the new village hall will be presented.