Exmouth church's rebuilding plans could be changed
PUBLISHED: 12:30 27 November 2015
Plans to demolish Brixington Community Church and spend £2.5million rebuilding it could be altered to ease residents' concerns, the Reverend Simon Atkinson has said.
The church was given planning permission by East Devon District Council (EDDC) to knock down the existing premises and construct a replacement two-storey building.
Neighbours opposed to the plans in Ellwood Road believe the design would dwarf their properties.
But Mr Atkinson insisted the new building would be an asset for the whole community.
He said: “We have listened to comments made by residents.
“We are looking to reduce the impact on the community by changing the plan and our architects have been briefed about this.
“We are waiting to hear back from the planners that our changes to the proposal are suitable. We should be given a decision in the new year.
“We have had some difficulty in explaining to residents near the church why we need to do this. There just isn’t enough space in the current building.
“The new building will be for the community. We are a not-for-profit organisation. With more space, we will be able to expand our seniors’ lunch and hire out the church to more people. Currently, we have to limit the number of people we allow to use the church.”
The original plan was given the go-ahead after a site visit by EDDC councillors and planning officers.
The church needs to raise £2.5million to get the project off the ground.
Mr Atkinson said he was confident the church was on track to meet its target.
He continued: “We have been given a window of three years to complete the development.
“We are looking to raise £2.5million. We currently have raised £500,000, thanks to a range of activities.
“We won’t be able to start the build until we have raised enough money.”