New £6m Norfolk church plan rejected by council

GrahamDacre350By Keith Morris

2009: Plans for a £6m community complex surrounding an already approved proposal for a new 800-seat evangelical church on the outskirts of Norwich have been turned down by local politicians.

Yesterday (December 8), councillors at Broadland District Council rejected updated proposals for a £6m complex on the site of the former David Rice Hospital in Drayton put forward by Christian businessman Graham Dacre and the Lind Trust.

There had been objections about its size and concerns about traffic, but planners had recommended it for approval.

Graham says he is now considering his options after his dream for a church and community complex, to be named TLC and which would include a café, crèche, 800-seat auditorium, classrooms and meeting rooms, exhibition areas and parking for 275 cars, were rejected.

Planning permission already exists for an 800-seat auditorium on the site and it is the additional facilities which have now been turned down.
Speaking to Network Norfolk, Graham said: “It was both a surprise and a disappointment not to receive the permission for additional facilities such as Sunday School and other amenities.
“We already have permission to build an 800-seater auditorium and we are now perhaps reluctant to appeal the decision. Clearly we will need to pray into the situation and have appreciated all the support we have received over recent weeks.
TLC1web“We will look to see what could be achieved using the refurbishment of the facilities at Drayton Hall, which is already underway and will undoubtedly provide well for the early days of TLC, and the 800-seat auditorium plan which is already approved.
“We are not looking for a mega-church. We believe in a local church with a mega wonderful God.”
Read more about TLC on this website

Read more about this story in the Evening News


., 10/12/2009

Steve Gaskin-Taverham (Guest) 10/12/2009 12:10
Sorry to hear this. This would have benefitted so many members of the community
Beatrice Haverhill (Guest) 10/12/2009 19:27
Well at least there wont be noise frmo all the builders traffic I live alone and can't bear loud noise
N. B. (Guest) 10/12/2009 23:28
A prophetic quote from their own site?

"If......this work is merely human, it will fall apart, but if it is of God, there is nothing you can do about it.....! Acts 5, vv 38 and 39. The Message

Robert Osborne
Marie Pitts (Guest) 11/12/2009 13:10
there is only outline permission for a church, subject to detailed plans, an 800 seater would create the same traffic issues the rejected application would have brought about, so not likely to be approved on full application.
P.H. (Guest) 15/12/2009 12:31
sorry Mr Gaskin, it would not have served the community, the community did not and does not want this facility. All the interest shown is from outside the local area, which is why there would be so much traffic generated by this development.
m l (Guest) 15/12/2009 16:45
hi i was sorry to hear the news the new church was turn down it would have been good for norwich they is a lot of support for this new church

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