Hous­ing plan for church grounds

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews -

A CHURCH in Widnes could be de­mol­ished and a pres­bytery con­verted to a chil­dren’s nurs­ery af­ter plans were drawn up.

Halton Bor­ough Coun­cil has re­ceived pro­pos­als con­cern­ing St Pius X Church on Sefton Av­enue.

The plans from Lit­tle Acorns Group Ltd en­vis­age knock­ing down the ex­ist­ing church and link build­ings, pres­bytery out­rig­ger and garage.

The plans also out­line con­vert­ing the pres­bytery into a chil­dren’s nurs­ery and build­ing seven homes at the site.

A de­sign and ac­cess state­ment sub­mit­ted as part of the ap­pli­ca­tion said the pres­bytery has a sec­ond en­trance off Birch­field Road which has not been used for ‘some years’ and that the church hall if of ‘typ­i­cal 1950s/1960s style’.

The pro­posed nurs­ery in the con­verted pres­bytery would be for a range of chil­dren’s age groups in­clud­ing from new­borns to one-year-olds, two and three-year-olds, as well as young­sters aged be­tween three and four and above.

The state­ment said the pres­bytery was ‘prob­a­bly de­vel­oped’ in the early 19th cen­tury and is likely to be one of the old­est build­ings in the ‘im­me­di­ate lo­cal­ity’. ●

It said: “The site is cur­rently di­vided into three sec­tions.

“Firstly the church, ac­cessed off Sefton Av­enue, sec­ondly the pres­bytery ac­cessed off Birch­field Road and thirdly the land to the north of the pres­bytery that fronts onto Birch­field Road but is ac­cessed cur­rently, for main­te­nance only, from the side of the pres­bytery.”

Two pairs of semi-de­tached homes would be built on the for­mer church site and ac­cessed off Sefton Av­enue. A fur­ther pair of semi-de­tached houses and a de­tached home would be con­structed on a for­mer grassed area fac­ing Birch­field Road.

St Pius X Church on Sefton Av­enue, Widnes, back in 2009

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