Campaigners lose fight to save church

Campaigners lose fight to save church

Campaigners lose fight to save church

First published in News

CAMPAIGNERS have lost their long-running battle to safeguard a village church for the community.

Victory Gospel Church in North Baddesley will now be demolished after planners approved plans to build three detached homes in its place.

The congregation outgrew the church and moved to the former Mecca Bingo Hall in Portswood, Southampton, and want to sell the site for housing.

Council planners felt the new designs appeased previous concerns over parking, privacy for neighbouring homes and fitted in with the look of the village.

A condition was attached requiring the developer, Gale Homes Ltd, to contribute to a pot of cash made from selling the homes to community projects.

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10:40am Mon 18 Jun 12

BenjiWinsor says...

What a shame that the church has removed a commodity for the village - money is more important of course :/
What a shame that the church has removed a commodity for the village - money is more important of course :/ BenjiWinsor
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10:58am Mon 18 Jun 12

The Salv says...

BenjiWinsor wrote:
What a shame that the church has removed a commodity for the village - money is more important of course :/
I dont think a building that preaches what they think "right or wrong is" is a commodity.
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Turn it into a village hall that promotes a community spirit instead where all people are welcome on a common ground other that for religious reasons.
[quote][p][bold]BenjiWinsor[/bold] wrote: What a shame that the church has removed a commodity for the village - money is more important of course :/[/p][/quote]I dont think a building that preaches what they think "right or wrong is" is a commodity. . Turn it into a village hall that promotes a community spirit instead where all people are welcome on a common ground other that for religious reasons. The Salv
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11:14am Mon 18 Jun 12

BenjiWinsor says...

I'd assumed the reason for the Village campaign to 'keep' the hall for the community meant that it 'had' been used for the community? Has the Village had use of it for events and community activities during the week? If not, then swapping it for 3 houses will mean little change, well actually a hell of a lot less traffic and parking problems!
I'd assumed the reason for the Village campaign to 'keep' the hall for the community meant that it 'had' been used for the community? Has the Village had use of it for events and community activities during the week? If not, then swapping it for 3 houses will mean little change, well actually a hell of a lot less traffic and parking problems! BenjiWinsor
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3:57pm Mon 18 Jun 12

Condor Man says...

If the villagers wanted the facilities why didn't they all chip in and buy the site? It's very convenient to rent church halls but the upkeep on such buildings is very high.
If the villagers wanted the facilities why didn't they all chip in and buy the site? It's very convenient to rent church halls but the upkeep on such buildings is very high. Condor Man
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4:30pm Mon 18 Jun 12

loosehead says...

The church wanted to sell it so as the above post asks why didn't you buy it & try to negotiate a price you the village could afford?
The church wanted to sell it so as the above post asks why didn't you buy it & try to negotiate a price you the village could afford? loosehead
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7:42pm Mon 18 Jun 12

Poppy22 says...

Whats the world coming to when a chuch congregation moves into a former bingo hall and a church is demolished for housing? Why not just demolish and rebuild the existing church (the site is obviously big enough if 3 detached homes can be built on it), or extend the existing one?
Whats the world coming to when a chuch congregation moves into a former bingo hall and a church is demolished for housing? Why not just demolish and rebuild the existing church (the site is obviously big enough if 3 detached homes can be built on it), or extend the existing one? Poppy22
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9:16pm Mon 18 Jun 12

loosehead says...

Poppy22 wrote:
Whats the world coming to when a chuch congregation moves into a former bingo hall and a church is demolished for housing? Why not just demolish and rebuild the existing church (the site is obviously big enough if 3 detached homes can be built on it), or extend the existing one?
It's more like a village hall than a church hall if the pictures anything to go by
[quote][p][bold]Poppy22[/bold] wrote: Whats the world coming to when a chuch congregation moves into a former bingo hall and a church is demolished for housing? Why not just demolish and rebuild the existing church (the site is obviously big enough if 3 detached homes can be built on it), or extend the existing one?[/p][/quote]It's more like a village hall than a church hall if the pictures anything to go by loosehead
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