Church’s plans to build 3,000-seater new home on Mansfield Metal Box site

Land in Rock Valley, Mansfield, which is subject to a planning application.
Land in Rock Valley, Mansfield, which is subject to a planning application.

A church based in Mansfield Woodhouse has turned its attention to a new site to build a 3,000-seater £1 million home.

The International Church, based on Albert Street, had initially wanted to build a 1,200 auditorium on land at Oxclose Lane, but that was withdrawn.

The church, formerly known as Bethel Church, has now come back with even more ambitious plans to build on land at Rock Valley in Mansfield, with more than double the capacity of its original blueprint.

Pastor to the church, John Hibbert, says they need new premises to accommodate its ever-expanding congregation and has outgrown its current premises.

He said: “We withdrew the last plans because the planners came back to us and said there was insufficient parking, and that we would only be able to have a 600 or 700-seat auditorium, and that would not be big enough.

“We were made aware of the Rock Valley site and we just thought ‘wow, what an opportunity’.”

Rock Valley, just off St Peter’s Way, was previously occupied by tin-producing firm, Metal Box. The land has since been cleared, apart from the old clock tower, which will remain if the plans are given the green light.

Mr Hibbert is confident that planning permission, submitted recently to Mansfield District Council, will be granted, and that an appeal to raise the £1 million by December will be successful.

“At the moment we’re up to nearly £130,000, and it’s a massive ask, but we are praying every single day,” added Mr Hibbert.

“We are actively trying to raise the money, and contacting business people.

“We are not thinking about not getting because we are so confident. We’ve done it right, we have the consultants and we’re staying very positive.”