Progress being made to replace gospel hall

Rushden pic of the Gospel Church/Hall  in Satoris Road
Rushden pic of the Gospel Church/Hall in Satoris Road

A trust which is behind plans to build a new gospel hall in Rushden is in talks with the owner of the site it wants to build on.

Rushden Gospel Hall Trust has been given planning permission to build a single-storey gospel hall and a car park on land at Nene Valley Farm, next to 146, 148 and 150 Northampton Road, Rushden.

The trust wants to create the new hall to replace the existing hall in Sartoris Road, Rushden, because it does not have sufficient space or car parking facilities.

Trustee Robert Chattell said: “We’ve been successful in getting planning permission for the new gospel hall which is very good and our members are very pleased.

“We’re in the process of having further negotiations with the landowner before we can move forward with the plan. We’re not sure at this point when work will start.”

The proposed gospel hall would be used up to four times a week by members of a group of Christians, known as Brethren. Other halls in the area used by the Brethen include one in Quorn Road, Rushden, and a main hall in Northampton where larger meetings are held.

The new hall would function as a place of worship and a community facility for members of the existing Brethren assembly.

The proposed development would include a car park containing 51 spaces, including three disabled spaces. And a new vehicle access road will be built on the north side of Northampton Road.

The application was submitted by the group to the council last April, but was later withdrawn. The latest plans for the development were approved by East Northamptonshire Council at the end of last year.