A Coventry church has applied for permission to make changes
to their building in order to "bring them into line with
the surrounding environment".
The Warwick Road United Reform Church, Warwick Row, is hoping
to make several improvements to its premises to give their
organisation a more commercial appeal.
Among the proposed changes are removing the present frontage,
which was an addition made in the 1960's, in order to display
the original design of the building.
Dr Graham Page, Chairman of the trustees for the church
believes that the move will give the city centre a huge boost.
"When the church was built it was actually in a
residential area, but now we find ourselves in the commercial
centre of the city.
"We had to make a decision as to whether we would move
away from the site, or do something special with the property
that we had got, and that is what we are going to do.
"The improvements will also include slight alterations
inside the church to build a new reception area, and also to
change the old pews for new more comfortable seats.
"The auditorium is used for concerts and various other
performances so although worship is the most import thing to
us, we have also made these changes with that in mind."
The Church also has plans to build on the back of three other
properties they own in Warwick Row, including the construction
of a restaurant and health club.
These will link with the new 'Oasis Centre' on the back of
the church, giving the church facilities to aid the community.
Dr Page said:
"We are going to use this area for a nursery and a day
centre, which will both be open five days a week.
"These changes have been talked about for nine years
now, and the old buildings that are currently at the back are
unsightly and difficult to maintain.
"Our new rooms will include a hotel quality kitchen
and spacious area, allowing us to cater for weddings, dinners
and other occasions and helping to breathe some life into the