Go ahead for new Kilmington church
PUBLISHED: 10:09 20 December 2012 | UPDATED: 10:44 20 December 2012
Baptists celebrate after winning permission to build a new chapel on land next to the village hall
A £1million scheme to build a new Baptist Church at Kilmington has finally been given the go ahead.
Pastor Darrell Darrel Holmes, who announced the news to a delighted congregation on Sunday, said it was a wonderful Christmas present.
He told The Herald: “Together we have been waiting since March 2009 to find a replacement site for the building, and now it has been secured and approved there was clearly a sense of relief.
“Our thanks go to the villagers, the parish council and the district councillors for their assistance in putting this scheme together.
“It represents a £1 million investment in the village to create a flexible building for the benefit of congregation and community alike.
“Our building team will now press on with the next stage of work to prepare a detailed design and tender documents for prospective building firms to win the contract.
The new church is to be built on land to the north of Kilmington Village Hall, on Whitford Rd. The previous Baptist Chapel in the village was destroyed in a fire.
Subsequent plans to replace it with a new church and community centre, on a greenfield site, off George Lane, were rejected by East Devon councillors after strong local opposition.
Villagers objected to the scale of the proposed new building which would also include meeting rooms, a 120-seater main hall and parking for some 46 cars.
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