Gospell hall plans for growing congregation

A NEW gospel hall could be built in Rushden due to popular demand for a church.

Rushden Gospel Hall Trust is seeking planning permission to build a single-storey building to be used as a gospel hall, and a car park at land at Nene Valley Farm, next to 146, 148 and 150 Northampton Road, Rushden,

The proposed development would be used up to four times a week by members of a group of Christians, known as Brethren.

A planning application was recently submitted to East Northamptonshire Council’s planning department.

Within the application it is stated that the new building is required due to popular demand for the existing hall in Satoris Road, which is no longer big enough to cope with the number of parishioners.

In a report to the planning department, a spokesman for the trust said: “The Rushden Gospel Hall Trust is responsible for the provision and maintenance of gospel halls for a group of Christians known as Brethren.

“The congregation live in Rushden and nearby villages.

“There are two existing local halls, one in Quorn Road and the other in Satoris Road. The main city hall where larger meetings are held is in Northampton.

“A local gospel hall is now required to replace the existing hall in Satoris Road, which has become inadequate in terms of space and car parking facilities.

“The proposed place of worship is to function as a local community facility for members of the existing Brethren assembly living in and around Rushden.”

If the proposal is approved by the district council, the new 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The application was previously submitted by the group to the council last April, but was later withdrawn.

At the time it received a mixed response from people who live in the area. East Northamptonshire Council received a letter of objection from one resident, who cited issues with increased traffic.

Val Barham, of Tennyson Road, Rushden, said: “I don’t really think a new church would be a good addition to the town.

“I would rather see something else built on the land.”