PLANNING chiefs have given the nod to plans to expand a vacant church near Solihull town centre.
The building, which has been empty for some time, will become the new home of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
On Wednesday night, councillors voted in favour of plans to extend the Caldwell Grove premises.
Dr Fayek Youssef, trustee of the Council of Coptic Orthodox Churches, said he was pleased by the decision.
He said that the congregation wanted to “work closely” with the local community.
An earlier application had been pulled after Birmingham Airport voiced concerns about the height of the building.
But Dr Youssef told the Solihull News that an agreement had been reached before a revised application was submitted.
Residents had petitioned against the extension, following concerns that it would cause parking problems in the local area.
However, the council’s highway chiefs were satisfied that there wouldn’t be a problem.