Norwich Church allowed to stay in temporary home after previous church destroyed by lightning strike

The Soul Church in Mason Road, Norwich. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The Soul Church in Mason Road, Norwich. Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

A Norwich church will be able to stay in its temporary place of worship for five more years after its planning bid to stay was accepted.

Mount Zion Church, in Heartsease Lane, was destroyed in a fire. Picture: James Bass .

Mount Zion Church, in Heartsease Lane, was destroyed in a fire. Picture: James Bass . - Credit: Evening News � 2006

The Soul Church was based at the Mount Zion Church in Heartsease Lane but it was destroyed in a blaze caused by lightning.

The church moved into the former MFI warehouse in Barker Street, but when a deal to buy that fell through they moved, in 2010, to an industrial unit in Mason Road, off Mile Cross Lane.

That has been the temporary home of the church until it is able to raise enough funds to move the congregation of more than 1,00 people back to Heartsease Lane.

Concerns were raised over the noise from services held at the church which involve singing and music performances.


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The church was able to supply noise management documents and sound proofing improvements which the council accepted, passing the application.

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