COUNCILLORS have backed a plan for new Salvation Army meeting rooms on the site of a district police station in Huddersfield.
The Kirklees Council Cabinet approved a 125-year lease at the site at Reinwood Recreation Ground at New Hey Road in Oakes.
The Salvation Army will create a meeting hall with dining facilities, kitchen and offices.
In August, the council approved the charity’s plans for a single-storey church and community centre next to changing rooms at the ground.
The new centre, on the site of Oakes police station, will include a hall for 152 people.
Proposing the approval of the changing rooms lease, Cabinet member for finance and business services Clr David Hall said: “It’s a great opportunity for a win all-round. The Salvation Army will be able to bring services to the area and the lease will generate money for the council.”
Kirklees Council leader Clr Robert Light agreed.
He said: “I think this is a really good initiative which will hopefully bring improvements to the area.”
The Salvation Army has been trying to buy land to build a meeting hall and community centre at the site for five years.
The charity left its old headquarters at Prospect Street in Springwood in 2004 because many members did not have their own transport and found it hard to get there by bus.
They moved to the Methodist Mission at Lord Street for two-and-a-half years before relocating to Lindley Evangelical Church.