After several years of work and plenty of prayer, planning permission has been given to Oakhall Church to build a new church.
The new Oakhall Church building was finally granted planning permission by the Tandridge Planning Committee, and work has begun on the old Aon brownfield site in Caterham, Surrey. There will be maximum car parking allowed on the site, which is well over 100 spaces.
According to the church’s website, the new building — which has been a focus for prayer for 35 years — will be opened in two years’ time, which represents the next stage in Oakhall’s 120-year history in Caterham.
There was a tense moment earlier in March, with one member asking Christian friends to pray after there were rumours of opposition and time restrictions on the use of the building. However, the meeting at Tandridge council unanimously voted for Oakhill’s new build.
A post on the church’s Facebook site said, ‘We will do all we can do make the process of bringing life to this long-neglected corner of our wonderful town as smooth as possible, particularly bearing in mind those who live close by’.