Judge won't force church to turn down volume

New Hope Church in Durham
February 18, 2013 10:06:17 AM PST
A judge in Durham Monday declined to approve a temporary restraining order that would have forced NewHope Church on Fayetteville Road to turn down the volume while it battles neighbors over the sound of its worship services in court.

Judge Superior Court Judge Bryan Collins did approve a request from the church's attorneys to inspect two homes near the church and test for sound levels.

In a lawsuit filed last month, neighbors of the church accuse it of holding performances and practice sessions at its facility that are "akin to rock concerts."

Nine families living in The Hills at Southpoint subdivision have joined the suit.

Click here to read the lawsuit (.pdf)

The temporary restraining order requested by the neighbors would have prohibited the church from playing amplified music until the lawsuit is resolved.

The lawsuit isn't the only legal problem the church faces. In December, police cited the church under Durham's noise ordinance for sound considered "unreasonable and disturbing."

A hearing on that is set for Tuesday.

The church claims it's tried to work with its neighbors by soundproofing walls, lowering sound levels, and changing worship times.

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