A modern two–storey church and community building are set to spring up in Burgess Hill after plans were given the green light by councillors.
The building will contain a worship space, four meeting rooms, an exhibition space, two offices, a kitchen and will hold up to 240 people. There will also be on site parking for 71 cars.
The proposals for the development of land in Maple Drive were passed at a Mid Sussex District planning committee meeting on Thursday.
Planning officers received six letters of objection to the new church with most residents concerned about the access to the cul-de-sac, parking, and traffic caused by events at the BMX track behind the site.
However, Robert Monroe, of Laurel Close, said: “This is an imaginative project which will provide a valuable community facility.”
Sheddingdean Baptist Church is currently spilt over two sites in Burgess Hill but planners hope the design will ‘consolidate the church within one location, while also providing additional community
The design and access statement said the new church aims to ‘create an inspiring worship space and build on the mission life of the church’, to increase the number of people from the community who are involved with the church and its facilities and to generate additional income from events which can be held in the new building.
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