Bingham Methodist Church’s ambitious scheme to replace the old Methodist Church with a new multi-purpose church and community centre has moved one step closer with full planning consent being approved by Bingham Town Council. No objections to the proposals were received from the public or raised by the planning committee and the plans will now pass to Rushcliffe Borough Council for final approval. A decision is expected by 15 June 2014.
Bingham Methodist Church has so far raised £1.7m via its BReAD appeal towards the building work and fundraising is continuing to cover the cost of internal fixtures and fittings. Once full planning permission is secured work is provisionally scheduled to begin from 1st December 2014 and be completed in time for Christmas celebrations in 2015.
The new centre will provide a multi-use seated area with audio/visual facilities to be used for meetings such as U3A and Women’s Guild, whilst also providing a worship space for both Catholic Mass and Methodist Services on a Sunday. The plans feature a large hall with three smaller meeting rooms, and an entrance space with tables and chairs where coffee can be served. It will be designed to minimise energy consumption and use new technologies. The new development will provide much better access particularly for the disabled and will provide a focal point for the town centre.
The Rev Richard Tanner said: “Fourteen years after we first had the vision to create a new church and community centre in the heart of Bingham we are nearly there. With our town rapidly expanding, the facilities we can provide are going to be needed more than ever. We are really excited about the possibilities.”
The BReAD appeal is still open to donations. Should anyone wish to contribute to the campaign they can do so by visiting the Just Giving website for the BReAD appeal www.justgiving.com/BMCbread
More information about the Bingham Methodist Church can be found on their website www.binghammethodist.org.uk