May 23, 2012
Jyeshth Shukla Trutiya, Kaliyug Varsha 5114
PLANS to build a large Hindu temple in Northampton, which were first revealed four years ago, should finally receive approval from councillors next week.
The Indian Hindu Welfare Association revealed plans to build the £12 million temple in Lings Way, Lumbertubs, in 2008.
The plans were backed by members of the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC) in 2010, but they now need the final seal of approval from Northampton Borough Council.
The council’s planning committee will make a final decision on the development’s future on Tuesday next week. But a report written by council planning officer, Chris Preston, which will be seen by councillors, said the development should be backed.
He argued the temple should be built despite the development site currently being a wildlife area.
He said: “The proposed development would result in the loss of an existing area of open amenity space and involves the construction of new buildings within the footprint of a local wildlife site.
“However, the scheme would secure significant benefits for the local community.”
As well as a space for worship, the development would also include a range of sports and leisure facilities.
Among them would be a cinema which would show Bollywood films and sports facilities where people could play badminton, five-a-side football and indoor cricket.
There would also be regular pilates, gymnastics and martial arts classes held at the centre as well as health workshops and classes in music, rakei, yoga and dancing.
The centre would also have business meeting rooms, a creche and a day care centre as well as vegetable gardens which would be rented out to the public.
The borough council’s planning committee will make a final decision on the development next week.
Source: Northampton Chron