STIRLING councillors have approved a place of worship in Osborne Park despite a parking shortfall.
City of Stirling received a change of use application last December for a Howe Street recreational facility to become a place of worship and offices.
A report by the City presented at the October 17 council meeting said the religious facility would operate at the rear of the building on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons for social gatherings and youth groups.
The proposed offices comprised two associated with the place of worship and another three unrelated.
The report said there would be 63 on-site parking bays, which was a 69-bay shortfall, but the applicant believed it was not an issue as there would be a maximum of 70 adults and 60 children attending at any time.
Two responses received during public consultation objected to the application because of concerns about a lack of parking while another 62 supported it.
According to the report, the parking shortfall was suitable given the place of worship would operate outside normal business hours.
It was approved subject to conditions, including that hours were restricted to Fridays from 6pm to 10pm and Sundays from 1pm to 6pm.