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Manchester: Audacious Church has bold redevelopment plans approved

Manchester’s biggest church has had ambitious redevelopment plans approved by the city council, giving them permission for a five-story building with multi-storey car park, a TV studio and seating for 2400.

Audacious Church is led by Glyn and Sophia Barrett, who were sent out from Hope City Church, Sheffield in 2007. They took over the former Staples stationery store in Trinity Way, Salford in 2011, and currently welcome 5500 people in three services every Sunday.

The plans, which attracted 11 objections from local residents and businesses, include a massive media screen on the front of the building, parking for 400 vehicles, a wellbeing centre offering counselling, debt advice and mental wellbeing classes, a gym, dance studio, prayer chapel and much more.

In its submission the church said:

Audacious Church are passionate about making a positive impact on the local community and feel strongly that this can be best achieved from their current site, which is well known throughout the region.

“This is not a typical parish church, it is a cathedral church.”

They also stressed the church is “striving to enhance peoples’ lives providing help and support to those in need” and cite examples of providing meals for homeless people and practical help for families where someone has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

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