Green light for plans to turn former CLC Bookshop in Stamford into Life Church hub

Former CLC Bookshop, St George's Street, Stamford.'Photo: MSMP090713-009ow

Former CLC Bookshop, St George's Street, Stamford.'Photo: MSMP090713-009ow

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Plans to turn a former Christian bookshop into a community hub have been approved.

Peterborough-based Life Church applied to South Kesteven District Council to change the use of the former CLC Bookshop in St George’s Street, Stamford.

And the council approved the plans on Friday last week.

The church currently meets every Sunday at Queen Eleanor School.

But officials want to move into a permanent home in the town to allow them to increase their support and reach in the community.

They plan to spend £35,000 renovating the former bookshop and turning it into a community hub.

Last month action manager Gavin Bateman said: “The intention is to run it as a community hub for targeted services that we offer as a church, working in partnership with other organisations.

“This would include over-50s support groups, parent and toddler, debt advice and counselling.”

The new facility, which would be called No 8, could be open by Christmas now the plans have been approved.