Cambridgeshire

Cambridge Community Church could get £2m base after 18-year search

Artist's impression of new community church in Cambridge
Image caption The new church will be a permanent base for C3's worship and community activities

Work is expected to start on a new £2m community church in the summer, after designs were approved by Cambridge City Council.

Cambridge Community Church (C3) has been searching for a permanent base in the city for 18 years.

The new "worship centre" would be built near the Coldham's Lane roundabout.

Pastor Steve Campbell said it would be an "architecturally stunning" base for the group's activities, including a debt counselling service and food bank.

C3 currently uses three sites for its activities and its 600 members worship in a local school.

"The site we have purchased will be flattened and replaced with a purpose-built church centre," Mr Campbell said.

"We've worked closely with an architect company and the city planners to come up with a design that will really enhance this part of the city."

He said the cloistered glass building would be "a space for everyone".

The church hopes that full planning permission will be granted in the new year.

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