New church is still on track after setback

the Rev Melvin Pereira

the Rev Melvin Pereira

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There is still hope that plans for a new £1.6m church could be approved soon, despite a recent setback.

Wellingborough councillors deferred plans for the new Gleneagles Anglican Church at a meeting recently due to a lack of parking spaces for the proposed new facility for Farm Road, behind the Ock n’ Dough pub.

The scheme’s architects have gone back to the drawing board, and after Wellingborough Council offered some of its land at the back of the Farm Road shops for use as parking it is hoped the number of car parking spaces can be increased from 27 to 50.

The church, which has more than 100 adult and 60 child members, currently holds its meetings at Redwell Junior School.

Rev Melvin Pereira said: “Our initial reaction to the deferral was one of disappointment because we were hoping for them to say yes straight away, but after thinking about it we have agreed with the councillors that there’s probably not enough car parking.”

He added: “There isn’t a church in the north side of the town, apart from the Hope Church which serves the Hemmingwell Estate. There isn’t a church in the north side of the town where people can have weddings and christenings. This church would be at the centre of the planned new 3,000 home Wellingborough north development and the Gleneagles area.”