This evening Cllr Matt Kelcher raised the issue of City Mission Church under Any Other Business at the OPDC Planning Committee held in City Hall.
Kelcher asked the Head of Planning specifically, whether, if the owners evicted the church now, and then submitted a new planning application in perhaps a year's time, could they get approval for a scheme which did not require provision for a church, as a precedent would be set. If this happened, would the OPDC maintain its current stance on the church, despite the passage of time?
He was told that OPDC planning policy specifically states that there has to be provision for a church on this site in any future development, as long as the church wants it.
Since notice of a potential eviction of the church by the land owner/Development there has been widespread support for the church and its community activities.