Planning permission granted for the building of The Lighthouse
Camden Council’s Planning Committee have voted unanimously to give the go-ahead for Holy Trinity Church to build ‘The Lighthouse’, a modern Christian Centre on its current site opposite Finchley Road station. The Lighthouse will provide a wide range of services to respond to social need, and improve community life as well as being a place of Christian prayer and home for the worshipping community.
Speaking after the planning meeting, Andy Keighley, vicar of Holy Trinity Church stated:
“The church on this site was established by Rev Henry Sharpe in 1851 to serve the workers’ families building the Metropolitan Line. We believe it is vitally important to consider how we are serving this current generation and future generations to come. The Lighthouse is our response.”
The Associate Vicar, Kristin Breuss said:
“Lighthouse will add much-needed beauty to Finchley Road and be a place of community, sanctuary and social transformation.”
“At a time when people are feeling increasingly unsafe, divided and isolated, I can’t think of a more important way to use land, air and money to make the world a better place.”
Plans for The Lighthouse include space for a 450-seater auditorium, recording studio, social enterprise Café and an exercise studio. The church already has a Spear employability programme that results in over 60 young people every year getting into work, education or training, and it partners with youth work charity XLP in mentoring and supporting school-aged young people at risk.
The Lighthouse Executive Director, Tim Keightley said:
“We are thrilled to have reached this milestone and we thank everyone who has helped us to get this far; especially our donors and supporters and the project team. We now embark on a major capital fundraising campaign for the funds to construct the building. In all, we need about £11million from people who are excited by our vision for the Lighthouse and want to support us to make it happen. Half of this we are seeking within our church network and half from individual donations, grants and loans.”
The Rt Revd Rob Wickham, Bishop of Edmonton said:
“The Lighthouse Vision is a hugely creative response to the ever-growing demands that lead to a flourishing community. Clearly, our vibrant Church family at Holy Trinity have a heart for serving the local community, which is witnessed through worship, the SPEAR programme to help 16-24-year-olds into work or training, homeless outreach and beyond. Our compassionate care of the poor is central to this vision, as we, working in confident partnerships, demonstrate God’s love for all. I am delighted to support.”
The Lighthouse is intended to provide an excellent multi-dimensional facility to serve the community, encourage personal wholeness and build community life in the north of Camden Borough for the 21st Century and beyond.