Old slaughterhouse could be the new site for church

PLANNING BID The Slaughterhouse at Royal Clarence Marina

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A FORMER slaughterhouse could become the new home of a church subject to planning permission from the council.

Berkeley Homes has put in an application on behalf of the Gosport Waterfront Baptist Church, formerly known as Stoke Road Baptist Church, to turn The Slaughterhouse, at Royal Clarence Marina, into its new site.

The building – also known as the Old Storehouse – which was bought from the Ministry of Defence by Berkeley Homes in 1995, was earmarked to become a cinema up until 2006 when the plans changed for it to become restaurants or bars.

But Berkeley Homes withdrew those plans in 2012 and The Slaughterhouse has remained empty.

A recent planning application submitted to Gosport Borough Council wants to change the use of the premises from restaurants/cafes to a church.

A spokesman from Berkeley House said: ‘It is envisaged that the Gosport Waterfront Baptist Church will relocate to the historic building.

‘It will enable the church to run all their functions from this single location.’

At the moment, the church runs different events and groups from two different sites next-door to each other.

They occupy Unit 2 and Unit 3, on Cooperage Green, off Weevil Lane. The church has been using the site since May 2011 but it was previously located on Stoke Road where it was first built more than 100 years ago.

Reverend George Bexon, minister of the church, said in the planning application that the new site will allow them to continue serving the community.

‘Once purchased, the Old Storehouse will be refurbished in order to meet the spiritual and practical needs of the community in which it is located,’ he said.

‘The church will provide a community building and hub that seeks to honour God and serve the community.

‘Within the building will be a mixture of community activities and spiritual opportunities to meet the needs of people in the area.’

To see the application visit gosport.gov.uk

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