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New bid to turn Royal Fleet Club into Scientology church (Plymouth UK)

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  1. Triumph Member

    Plymouth Live
    New bid to turn Royal Fleet Club into Scientology church
    Nine years after buying Devonport hotel, the Church founded by Sci-Fi writer is hoping to turn it into Scientology hub for the South West

    By Carl Eve Crime Reporter

    Nine years after buying the Royal Fleet Club, the Church of Scientology are once again applying to restore it.
    The church, via its agents Paul Butler Associates, lodged a planning application with Plymouth City Council requesting consent for the "comprehensive repair, refurbishment and change of use of the Royal Fleet Club to enable its conversion to a place of worship and religious instruction"

    The request by the organisation which is referred to in documents as the 'Church of Scientology Religious Education College Inc', has stated that the planning application will also include "ancillary communal and administrative uses" and will require "associated external alterations, landscaping works and various signage".
    After buying the Royal Fleet Hotel – formerly the Royal Fleet Club – from Midlands-based businessman, Kailash Suri, in the summer of 2010 for an estimated £1m, The Church of Scientology outlined ambitious plans for the 114-year-old site in Morice Square.

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    https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/new-bid-turn-royal-fleet-2742946
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    Royal Fleet Club will be a Scientology church despite ‘cult’ fear | Plymouth Live

    Plymouth City Council has approved the plans

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    Nine years after buying the Royal Fleet Club, the Church of Scientology has been given planning permission by Plymouth City Council to convert it into a South West hub for the controversial religion.

    The decision came on Friday despite one objector feeling it was inappropriate to have a “cult” based near a primary school.

    The church, via its agents Paul Butler Associates, lodged a planning application with Plymouth City Council requesting consent for the "comprehensive repair, refurbishment and change of use of the Royal Fleet Club to enable its conversion to a place of worship and religious instruction".

    The request by the organisation which is referred to in documents as the 'Church of Scientology Religious Education College Inc', has stated that the planning application will also include "ancillary communal and administrative uses" and will require "associated external alterations, landscaping works and various signage".

    Continued at https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/local-news/royal-fleet-club-scientology-church-2885736

    British Town Permits Scientology Development Amid Fears the Church Is Trying to 'Take Over' the Area | Newsweek

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    The Church of Scientology appears to have won a battle to open a new center in the southwest of the U.K., despite fears among the local community and former devotees that the organization plans to use the location to “take over” the entire region.

    Nine years ago, the controversial church acquired the Royal Fleet Club, a 114-year-old property once owned by the Royal Navy, which sits to the west of the town center on the banks of the River Tamar

    Once the deal—worth around $1.27 million, according to Plymouth Live—was completed, the church began preparing for more than $3 million worth of renovations to create a religious center complete with a library, 96-seat chapel, book store, lecture rooms, offices, conference facilities, a sauna to be used in “worship rites,” residential accommodation and a café.

    On Friday, Plymouth council gave the church the go-ahead, despite a petition detailing concerns among locals. The successful planning application said the works covered “comprehensive repair, refurbishment and change of use of the Royal Fleet Club to enable its conversion to a place of worship and religious instruction.”

    The application also claimed the church had enjoyed growing popularity in the U.K. in recent years. “The demand for Scientology services has had a steady increase over the last ten years in the U.K. and Internationally,” the church explained. “This has included a growing online presence, as well as more traditional paper media, including information relating to combating the use of drugs, encouraging human rights awareness, as well as information for schools.”

    The new center, the organization added, will “cater for residents in Plymouth” though noted that its status as the largest in the region means “more occasional visits from those outside of Plymouth are likely,” including by international visitors.

    During the last round of planning applications in 2016, a group called Stop Scientology UK gathered more than 100 signatures from local people opposed to the church’s redevelopment of the Royal Fleet Hotel. At a meeting to rally opposition to the project, local resident and former Scientologist William Drummond said that while genuine offers to help improve the local community were welcome, the church could not be trusted.

    He suggested the church planned to “indoctrinate the U.K.” and explained he had been a member “on and off” for 55 years. “I have a fair idea of what's in store for us,” he told fellow residents.

    Continued at https://www.newsweek.com/scientology-church-center-expansion-plymouth-uk-petition-opposition-1430080

    Historic Plymouth building to be converted into South West’s biggest Scientology church | ITV News

    https://www.itv.com/news/westcountr...-into-south-wests-biggest-scientology-church/

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