Church’s new bid for ‘hub’ in East Worthing industrial unit

Church members hope to use this disused warehouse as a new community base

Church members hope to use this disused warehouse as a new community base

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Worthing’s Jubilee Community Church is making a fresh bid to use an empty warehouse as its new base.

The church is applying to Worthing Borough Council for change-of-use permission to convert an East Worthing industrial unit, in Dominion Way, into a hub for community activities and a place of worship.

But this time, the church is seeking a five-year occupation term, instead of a permanent occupancy which was rejected by council planners earlier this year.

The church’s previous application was rejected because the council did not want to lose potential employment floor space on the industrial estate.

Now, the church says it will return the premises’ suitability for community use at the end of the five-year term.

And during that five years, it will seek regular reviews with the council to identify permanent premises for the church.

At present, Worthing High School is used as a Sunday worship venue for the church membership of 185 adults and 135 younger people.

Although fewer community activities will be possible under the revised, five-year occupation plan, the church says the services would still be significant and include a food bank, parenting classes, children’s holiday club, a youth club, ReLoved Furniture and elderly visiting.

The application says this new proposal is supported by 160 local residents, Sussex Police and Mick’s Garage.