Plans to knock down and build new place of worship for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Wellingborough

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Plans for a new place of worship where Jehovah’s Witnesses can meet have been submitted.

An application to demolish the Kingdom Hall in Olympic Way, Wellingborough, and replace it with a new building has been made on behalf of the congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses who meet there.

If approved by Wellingborough Council, the building would be used as a place of worship and would be open to all members of the public.

Meetings for the purpose of worship and religious education would be held regularly along with weddings and funeral services.

The local congregation was first established in the 1950s and moved to the site in Olympic Way in 1981, constructing the purpose-built place of worship that is currently there.

Prior to this, they met in rented accommodation.

Since putting up the building, there has been regular maintenance to look after it and keep the general appearance of the property in good order.

But despite this, the existing building requires extensive repairs and renovation, including a complete re-roof and replacing the heating and ventilation systems.

Documents submitted as part of the application state: “The proposal is to demolish the existing building and outbuilding completely and to rebuild a new purpose-built place of worship in approximately the same location on the site, providing a sustainable and feasible solution to the situation faced by the client.”

It is proposed that the new building will be similar to the existing building in terms of size and scale, although it will have a higher ridge height.

The current site has about 30 car parking spaces and it is proposed that the general parking arrangement will be retained and the number of changes will not change significantly.

For more information about the plans, search for WP/16/00173/FUL on the council’s website at www.wellingborough.gov.uk.