Welwyn Garden City church to move into former offices
PUBLISHED: 10:25 01 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:25 01 May 2015
A church in Welwyn Garden City has been given the go-ahead to convert an office building into a new place of worship and community centre.
Christchurch Baptist Church completed the purchase of Indigo Court in Tewin Road last week after Welwyn Hatfield Council approved its plans.
The council’s development management committee agreed to a temporary five-year change of use for the building, subject to the agreement of a green travel plan, on Thursday.
Christchurch has been meeting for the last 75 years in its building in Parkway.
A decision to expand into the Peartree area led to the church renting the former Highways Agency building in Broadwater Road from 2013. However, the plan was always to find a permanent location.
Last week’s decision means it can now begin remodelling works at Indigo Court to create a range of community spaces.
The work is expected to be completed by the autumn and in the meantime it will remain at Broadwater Road.
Rev Simon Cragg, associate minister at Christchurch, said: “It’s a great privilege to be part of the community in Peartree, getting to know people here, and developing partnerships with local businesses, schools, and charities.
“And we look forward to welcoming the community to our new building at Indigo Court later this year.
“We’ll also be taking a step in our long-term vision of having One Church, but meeting at two locations.
“From September we will start a Sunday service at our Parkway building as well to fit with the midweek activities we have there.”
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