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Plymouth Brethren Christian Church seeks permission to turn Balls Pond Farm, Kings Langley, into gospel halls
A Christian church that describes radio and television as "pipelines of filth" has put in an application to convert equestrian buildings at a Kings Langley farm into a place of worship.
The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church already has a base in Leverstock Green but has submitted a formal planning application for the transformation of equestrian buildings at Balls Pond Farm, in Chipperfield Road, into a gospel hall, complete with car parking for 24 vehicles.
The farm is currently under the ownership of Dacorum Borough Council.
The strict Christian church, which requires women to wear headscarves to worship, has its own schools and puts a strong emphasis on the importance of family. They describe radio and television as "pipelines of filth" and believe they have begun "intruding into households and disrupting family life".
Kings Langley parish council discussed the application at their Planning and Licensing Committee meeting on Tuesday evening.
Ron Smith, chairman of the parish council, said the committee would mark the item as "noted", as the farm does not belong to the applicants.
If the church is granted permission, services would be held in the farm every Sunday from 5.45am to 7am and fortnightly on Sundays from 3pm to 3.45pm. There would also be weekly Monday meetings from 6.30pm to 7.15pm.
The hall would be used for worship only, with social and recreational uses not permitted, and musical instruments would not be used during services.
There would be no sub-letting of the venue and marriages and funeral services would not be conducted here as these are held at the church’s larger location in Hemel Hempstead.
During peak times up to 60 people are expected to visit the gospel hall.
The news of this application comes while a project group, which is not linked to the Brethren Church, has announced its plans to raise nearly £2 million to buy Balls Pond Farm and turn it into a community space.
Kings Langley Community Benefit Society (CBS) is looking to turn it into a Biodynamic Farm with an education centre to be used as a teaching resource for the wider community. The group also plans to build a shop, cafe and create a space for events.
Dacorum Borough Council’s Development Control committee aims to make a decision on the application by February 12.
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