Evangelical church wants to be open late every night under amended plan | Photos

The Orange Evangelical Church planned for Ploughmans Lane would be open until 10pm every night of the week under an amended development application [DA] submitted to Orange City Council.

It has planning approval to be open to 7pm Monday-Thursday and on Sundays with a 10pm close approved for Friday and Saturday nights.

However the amended DA seeks to extend every day’s closing time to 10pm and it is seeking to open at 7am on Sundays which is two hours earlier than what council approved in May.

The DA states the church wants to be open late during the week for weekly youth group meetings, small group classes and study groups.

It said the earlier Sunday start would allow people to prepare for the first service at 9am with the majority of cars to arrive in the 112-spot car park after 8am.

The church is proposing to have services of up to two hours at 9am, 11am, 4pm and 6.30pm every Sunday.

A noise study as part of the plan said there were 10 residences within 200 metres of the complex but the noise impact would not be significant.

“It is expected that some noise associated with the proposed development may be audible at nearby residences however it may be difficult to measure given the existing noise sources,” the report said.

“The primary impact is likely to be associated with noise generated by vehicles arriving and departing from the site.”

The amended DA is on public display until Friday September 21 after which council staff will consider the plan and any public submissions.

The amended plan also seeks to allow the church to use an existing dwelling on the land as an office before the work is completed.

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