Plans for Edinburgh religious training centre with library and tea room

The centre would provide training to members of Christian churches
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Plans for a new religious facility in Edinburgh have been submitted to the council.

The Christian International Training Centre (CITC) hopes to create a "physical location" for their organisation. They plan on developing their education and building "stronger and mission-oriented churches".

The plans would see a unit on Ocean Drive, across from Ocean Terminal transformed. They are yet to be approved by Edinburgh Council.

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The CITC currently has no physical space, and carries out their business online or in rented spaces.

Ryden, who submitted the plans on behalf of the CITC, said: "The aim of CITC is to provide structured training to members of Christian churches, primarily but not exclusively for the Chinese community in Scotland.

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"Their operations are currently conducted either online or in rented spaces like churches and community halls, when classes and events must be held in person. CITC would like to expand their current capabilities and, in the longer term, work with other communities and geographic areas.

"Accordingly, CITC is seeking to open their first dedicated premises through these applications, in order to fulfil these ambitions."

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On their site, the Christian International Training Centre describe themselves: "We strive to provide systematic, Christ-centred and local church-focused programmes to develop Christ-like disciples, equipping the latter in areas of Biblical truth, Christian living and ministry, so that each of them can use his or her gifts to build Christ-like churches with a view to meeting the enormous spiritual needs of Scotland and the UK."

The application applied to two vacant units in Cala's Waterfront Plaza development. It occupies a "central position" within Leith Docks.

Plans include the training facility, activity centre, offices, library and tea room.