Decision on Drayton church plans in new year
Plans to build a church on the site of a former Norwich
hospital could be approved early next year if planning officers agree to the finer details of the application.
Plans for a £6m church, with a capacity of more than 1,000 on the site of the former David Rice Hospital in Drayton High Road, were turned down by Broadland District Council earlier this year.
But now trustees at the Lind Trust, which is behind the plans, said they were looking to go ahead with building a smaller church on the site after being given planning permission for a 2,020 sq m facility in 2008, including an auditorium, accommodation for church use, space for a kitchen, cafe, leisure space and administration offices as well as car parking.
Lind trustee Graham Dacre (above), on behalf of tlc, today’s lifestyle church, said: “This should not be controversial. This is purely a reserved matters application that covers the detail of what’s already been approved. This is not a new application. A lot of people will think it’s a revision of the larger one, its not. It’s just the smaller one.”
A spokesman for Broadland District Council said: “Outline permission for a church was granted in 2008 and a subsequent application for a larger complex turned down this year. A ‘reserved matters’ application has now been received. This is a detailed application within the terms of the outline permission which was granted in 2008. A decision on this is due by February 22.”Read our previous story on this topic