Plans for new hall for growing church

PROPOSALS: The Reverend John Lacy outside Living Waters Church in Chorley, where a new hall could be built
PROPOSALS: The Reverend John Lacy outside Living Waters Church in Chorley, where a new hall could be built
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A church with a growing congregation plans to build a new hall.

Members of Living Waters Church, on Bolton Street, Chorley, are waiting to find out if they can erect the single-storey hall, which will be connected to their current building.

“The church has raised the funds to proceed with the building. It is a multi-purpose hall for 120 seats and a classroom with its own toilet facilities.”

Reverend John Lacy

A planning application has been submitted to Chorley Council and a decision is expected later this month.

The hall will cost around £155,000 in total, with £127,000 already given to the fund by the congregation.

Senior minister, the Reverend John Lacy, said: “Nearly two years ago we completed an extension to our current building which increased the seating capacity from 250 to 400.

“Phase two was always going to be the building of a new hall and community facilities.

“The church has raised the funds to proceed with the building. It is a multi-purpose hall for 120 seats and a classroom with its own toilet facilities.”

The church currently has 350 adults and 90 children up to 11 years old in its congregation.

The hall would allow the church to grow to cater for 400 adults and 120 children.

It would mainly be used by the younger members of the church during worship times, as they are currently spread through the existing building and in a portable cabin.

The hall would also be used by Chorley’s food bank, Living Waters Storehouse, and as a base for Chorley Street Pastors, who operate on Friday and Saturday nights.

It would also be available to hire, for example for conferences.

The plans would see a reduction from 10 to four parking spaces, but there are 20 spaces available for staff at the nearby Asda supermarket.

If planning permission is granted, building work could start at the end of January.

The hall is expected to be ready to use by the summer.