Gospel hall and homes plan for former Rentokil site
PLANS have been drawn up to put a gospel hall and three family homes on the site of the former Rentokil depot in Frampton Cotterell.
The scheme has been submitted by Freshwater Design and Build and includes a meeting hall for the Greenfield Gospel Hall Trust.
Freshwater director Andrew Beard said in a report to South Gloucestershire Council that the trust had a “strong congregation” in the district.
He said: “The council will be aware of previous applications in relation to small local meeting halls in Winterbourne, Coalpit Heath and the previous long running search for a major new hall, which has now been secured at Hortham Lane (Almondsbury), which caters for the larger congregation.”
Mr Beard said the Rentokil had relocated from the site in Court Road, resulting in the premises being put on the market and attracting interest mainly for housing development in the past 12 months.
The current planning application also includes three family-size homes, each with integral garages and driveways with space for two to three cars.
If permission is eventually given for the project, it is estimated the hall would be used by about 40 people on Sunday mornings and Monday evenings.
There would also be weekly use on a Thursday and Friday night by up to 125 people, with a single, large meeting taking place once a month and bringing in a congregation of up to 270. On average, the hall would be in use for about six hours a week.
A total of 30 parking spaces for the hall are included in the plan but it is understood many families would attend and travel together, while walking and cycling would be encouraged for those living close to the site.
Mr Beard said during the marketing campaign of the site, there had been a few inquiries