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Former Mobberley Riding School, Newton Hall Lane, Mobberley

Proposal for a Christian Meeting Hall

1. What is Mobberley Development Ltd.?
Mobberley Development Ltd is a company which has been set up to provide development services for Manchester Gospel Hall Trust to plan and build a new Christian Meeting Hall on the former Mobberley Riding School site.

2. Who are The Brethren?
The Brethren are a worldwide fellowship of Christians formed in 1827 who make family life their central concern. They respect and appreciate other faith groups and conduct themselves with integrity, responsibility and courtesy.
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3. Why this site?
The Manchester Hall Trust have been searching for a suitable site for over 10 years as the existing hall in Hale Barns is out-dated, too small for the growing community and unsuitable for the Brethren’s universal pattern of worship. A level site is required which is suitable for community use, of a suitable shape, with good accessibility, space for parking within the site and which can be properly secured.
Mobberley Riding School site was offered for sale by the owner and following a pre application meeting with the planning authority, Mobberley Development Ltd submitted an offer which was accepted.

4. How often do The Brethren meet?
The Brethren hold meetings every evening during the week and on Saturdays and Sundays. The pattern of worship is not the same every week with meetings taking place in various halls in the area. Joint meetings are held with the group from Crewe/ Sandbach so the hall would not normally be used on a Friday. Brethren from Crewe and Sandbach would meet with Manchester Brethren on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and the groups take it in turns to host these meetings.

The table below sets out the details of meetings.
Schedule of meetings
Monday Evening.
Tuesday Evening.
Wednesday Evening.
Thursday Not used. Joint meeting with Crewe / Sandbach
Friday Evening - Last Friday in the month
Saturday Morning. Alternate weeks . ie. with Crewe/ Sandbach
Sunday Early morning, mid-morning (alternate weeks) and afternoon.
The building would be used for worship for a maximum of about 8 hours per week.

5. What governs the building’s size and design?
The internal layout of the Hall governs the size of the building. The building consists of a main hall, foyer area, and side corridor and toilet facilities as shown on the display board.
The main hall is a square with a 1 in 8 dished floor, having fixed octagonal seating. It is fully air conditioned and fitted with an internal public address system. The Brethren churches are functionally simplistic and there is no desire to draw attention to them. Canopies on the edge of the building give safe and dry cover for The Brethren to congregate and unload during inclement weather.
Care is taken to design the exterior of the building to blend in with its surroundings; hence the agricultural appearance of this hall in Mobberley.

6. Landscaping.
We are very keen to build new halls in attractive environments and have a commitment to provide attractive landscaping and to maintain this to a high standard.

7. Security and wider uses.
The site would be securely fenced and have strong locked gates. Access to and from the site would only be at times of worship and to carry out essential maintenance. As a place of worship, both the hall and its environs are used for no other purpose and will be wholly in the control of The Brethren.

8. How many people are in the Brethren congregation who will use the Hall?
The Manchester congregation comprises 340 and the Crewe/ Sandbach community is 180. Twice a week the two groups join in worship, alternating between their own halls. The remainder of the meetings will be for the Manchester congregation only.

9. How will traffic be managed?
The majority of journeys will comprise of families in one car. Not everyone will arrive and leave at the same time, taking time to speak with others and socialise.
The traffic will be managed as it leaves the site and generation will similar to that created by the riding school.

10. When will you apply for planning permission?
It is currently anticipated that we will submit a planning application in the summer 2016.

11. If planning permission is granted when would demolition begin and buildings start?
We would start demolition as soon as possible after grant of planning permission, say late 2016, with construction following on as soon as possible.

12. What technical reports will accompany the planning application?
We will submit the following reports:-
• Planning Statement
• Transport Statement
• Landscape and Visual Impact Appraisal
• Design and Access Statement
• Ecology Report
• Statement of Community Engagement

June 2016