St John’s Church will be demolished then reconstructed with new and improved facilities after Hertsmere Borough Council gave full planning permission.
Permission for the “demolition of existing St John’s Church and hall and redevelopment of site to provide replacement church building with nursery facilities, 3 x 3 bed affordable houses, 3 x 2 bed affordable flats, with associated parking, bin storage and provision of temporary accommodation for use by the church during construction” was granted on September 14, and the church is confident that work will begin at the end of July 2020.
In an update sent to RadlettNews, a church spokesperson said: “Significant work is still required before any demolition or construction work can begin in order to finalise internal details of the new church and hall; agree the temporary accommodation for the continuation of church services, the nursery, Messy Café and other regular events; find suitable accommodation for other users; decide what items should be kept from the current buildings and how they are to be stored during the construction phase; finalise agreements between Hertsmere, the diocese and Phillimore Trust; keep neighbours and the community informed etc.
“The intention remains to start the demolition/construction work at the end of July 2020.
“If any church member would like to be involved with any part of this work, please speak to Jeremy Newton, 01923 857230. All help gratefully received.”