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The plans to merge three churches near Redruth

The plans to merge three churches near Redruth

Published by Emma Carton at 9:11am 21st August 2018.

Written by Local Democracy Reporter Richard Whitehouse

New plans have been revealed to build a new church in Redruth, which will replace three existing churches in the local area.

To fund the new church, a planning application has been submitted to demolish one of the existing chapels and replace it with two houses.

The application concerns Bridge Methodist Chapel which is one of a circuit of eight Methodist churches in the Redruth area.

Numbers attending the Bridge church have dwindled to such an extent that it is no longer sustainable.

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The existing Bridge Methodist Church could be replaced with houses and the money used to pay for a new modern church

As a result architects were brought in to look at three of the Methodist churches which have agreed to merge to secure the future of the Methodist church in the area.

The churches which will merge are Paynters Lane End, Redruth and Bridge. And now plans are being brought forward for a new modern church building which would be based in Redruth.

A design and access statement from CPL Architects explains: “Modern church buildings should be light and open, generally with good insulation, access for all and comfortable conditions. Facilities designed to be welcoming to families with appropriate activities and modern accessible toilet areas send a signal that all are welcome.

CPL’s extensive local investigations and discussions with church managers and users have resulted in the conclusion that a purpose-built new premises offering modern facilities is required to enable the Methodist Church to thrive in Redruth.

A site has been identified for the new building, pre-application enquiries with Cornwall County Council have been positive and design development of the new Church Centre is well underway will submission of a full planning application envisaged shortly".

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Under the new plans, three local churches would merge and use one new modern church near Redruth

Under proposals, which have not yet been submitted to Cornwall Council, the new church would have a worship space but would also have meeting rooms, halls and a community cafe/coffee shop.

But in order to fund the new church the three existing buildings will have to be sold. The new plans for the site of Bridge Methodist Chapel were submitted to Cornwall Council this week.

The planning application is for the demolition of the church and for it to be replaced by two three-bedroom, semi-detached homes.

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