Holloway church roof extension rejected
Plan to create extra space is blocked due to concern over building's 'character'
14 September, 2018 — By Samantha Booth
Hermine Davis and Pastor Vincent Goddard inside Seventh Day Adventist Church on Holloway Road
A NAG’S Head church has suffered a “big set back” after its expansion plans were rejected by the Town Hall.
Pastor Vincent Goddard had submitted plans to build a two-storey exten- sion to the back and roof of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, on Holloway Road.
He hoped the extra space, which would have included 240 square metres of office space, a new community hall and a roof garden, would pro- vide more room for com- munity activities.
However, planners this month turned down the proposal, saying it would cause “clear visual harm” to the character and appearance of the locally listed building.
Pastor Goddard, who has led the church for four years, told the Tribune: “It’s a real knock, it’s a big setback. It ties our hands in terms of what we would like to do more of.
“We wanted to have a roof garden, we wanted to have offices for small businesses, young people, start-ups. It’s more com- munity based, offering reasonable rates, as it’s very expensive for people.
“I didn’t think it was going to be as hard as it has been.”
Offering free food and clothing as well as coun- selling are among the services already offered to the vulnerable and home- less at the church.
Pastor Goddard is still exploring options for what the use of the extended space could be, but suggested a creche for children as an example.
The church does have planning permission for another scheme which would focus on having a new hall in the basement. However, Pastor Goddard said it could be costly and risky.
The church then submitted new proposals to remove part of the previously approved basement plans and instead introduce a roof extension. This was refused and then dismissed at appeal.
A similar extension plan was then withdrawn by the church last year before submitting the most recent plans. The application received six objections, according to planning documents.
About this planning application, Pastor Goddard said: “We were optimistic about it. What the council is concerned about is an eyesore from the main road.
“However, if you go there you will see lots of other buildings above ours that have stuff on top of them.”
He added: “Now we’ve got to go back to the drawing board.” He esti- mated that more than £150,000 had been spent drawing up plans for the church, which has a 400- strong congregation.
In the refusal notice, the
council said: “The pro- posed roof extension by reason of its excessive detailed design, scale, massing, bulk, prominent location and awkward relationship to the exist- ing building is considered to form a dominant and discordant visual addi- tion.
“The proposal would be readily visible from both the public and private realm to the detriment of its wider urban setting and would cause clear visual harm to the character and appearance of the host building and its wider set- ting.”