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DESPITE an emotional appeal from more than 100 people, plans to turn an industrial unit into a church and community centre have been refused.

At a planning meeting of Worthing Borough Council, members of the public spilled out of a packed meeting room as the application from the Jubilee Church, which currently meets at Worthing High School, was considered.

Under the plans, a unit in Dominion Way on the East Worthing Industrial Estate would have been turned into a church and community centre, offering daytime and evening classes, including a nursery, and facilities to help disadvantaged youths, in particular from the Selden and Broadwater wards.

Emotional appeals were made on behalf of the application from church leader Colin Nichols, Mick Smith from Mick’s Garage and a 17-year-old girl, Thama Dawson, who said her life had been “turned around” by Jubilee Church.

But the planning committee refused the application on the grounds it would go against the planning department’s core strategy to promote business in the area by preserving “quality business real estate”.

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