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Newtown: Hope Church's £3m expansion plans backed

An architect's impression of Hope Church Image copyright Hope Church
Image caption The new three-storey church will have room for community facilities

Plans by church leaders in Powys to build a new £3m place of worship have been approved by councillors.

Officials at Hope Church in Newtown are to demolish their current building and rebuild on the site, creating room for 600 parishioners.

The new three-storey building will also contain a restaurant, a children's play gym and more conference rooms.

The new Pentecostal church will have double the capacity and is expected to open in autumn 2015.

Hope Church will be moving to an upper floor of a building which was home to a Victorian mail order business while its new home is being built.

The Royal Welsh Warehouse was once owned by Sir Pryce Pryce-Jones and his company's customers included Queen Victoria.

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