Today's Lifestyle Church relocation plan at Drayton withdrawn

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Plans to relocate a church in Norfolk to another village site have been withdrawn, its trustees have revealed.

The Today's Lifestyle Church (TLC) board in Drayton had planning permission for a new place of worship on the former David Rice Hospital site.

The Lind Trust, which owns the land, said it was now looking to sell the plot and potentially build a new church closer to Norwich, in Hellesdon.

TLC, based at Drayton Hall, was founded after a city church was gutted by fire.

Mount Zion, in Heartsease, near Norwich, was destroyed by a blaze in 2006 and much of its congregation moved to the temporary home.

Original plans for a £6m, 1,000-seat evangelical church on the site of the former David Rice Hospital were rejected by Broadland District Council in 2009, over objections about its size and concerns about traffic.

Revised plans for a smaller scheme were accepted in 2011, but Graham Dacre, from the Lind Trust, said the board felt the site of a former car showroom on Cromer Road, Hellesdon, which it has now acquired, would be a "better location".

"It's been bought with the long term in mind," said Mr Dacre, the millionaire businessman behind Norwich's Open Academy and Open Venue.

"We're currently meeting at a church at Drayton Hall and we're staying there for the foreseeable future, but one day a mixed development could include a church on that site rather than on the David Rice Hospital site.

"There was some local opposition and we ultimately felt that we should close the file on that site."

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