Church’s plan for derelict site in Railway Terrace

The old Sutton Park Motors in Railway Terrace
The old Sutton Park Motors in Railway Terrace
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A derelict building on the edge of the town centre could soon complete its transformation into a church.

Parts of the former Sutton Park Motors showroom and repair centre in Railway Terrace have already been turned into a foodbank to help feed poor people in the town.

And New Life Church, which currently meets in a nearby building, has applied for permission to turn the rest of the site into a church, with various additional facilities.

The proposals include a cafe, a kitchen, youth facilities and a creche, in addition to a main ‘auditorium’. There would be 21 parking spaces – 14 fewer than are currently on the site.

A report compiled by consultant Roger Braithwaite states problems may be caused for neighbours by noise from the new church. It states: “Without adequate insulation it would undoubtedly be possible for the noise of music and singing to cause a noise nuisance to some of the residents of William Street.”

The plans also include an extension to the first floor to create a link between the two existing mezzanine floors, the creation of access ramps to external doors, a boundary fence and material change to the external façade.

New Life Church describes itself as “a Christian community that worships Jesus and wants to see His good news transform the town of Rugby and beyond.” Its congregation has been meeting in the town for 25 years and opened its current site in Temple Buildings, Railway Terrace in 2009.

No-one from the church was available to comment on the proposal. Officers or councillors at Rugby Borough Council are likely to decide in the coming months whether to grant permission for the new church.