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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 September 2005, 15:04 GMT 16:04 UK
Super church will seat up to 2000
A computer generated image of the proposed church
The purpose-built complex will be the church's third home since 1987
A futuristic church capable of seating up to 2,000 people is to be built in West Yorkshire.

The Huddersfield Christian Fellowship has been granted planning permission for the religious complex on St Thomas Road in Huddersfield.

As well as the main auditorium, the 3.7-acre (1.5 hectare) site will include a children's play area, seminar rooms and parking for up to 250 cars.

Work on the site is expected to begin in 2006.

Bigger premises

The community church's current home is a former superstore, which was converted into an 800-seat auditorium in 1999.

Despite a national trend of declining church attendances, Pastor Colin Cooper said his congregation had continued to grow, leaving only a few free seats at the weekly Sunday service.

"After only six years, we all agreed that new and bigger premises were necessary," he said.

"Because we work into the surrounding area - providing food parcels for the poor, working with young people and the elderly and putting on seminars for married couples - it was decided that a purpose-built church would be best suited to meet the many needs of a growing community."


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