Western Morning News

Councillor­s reject plan to convert listed chapel to housing

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CORNWALL councillor­s have refused to grant planning permission for a former Methodist church to be converted into housing.

John Lenton had applied for planning permission to convert the former St Columb Minor Methodist Church.

He wanted to use the Grade II listed church building to create two apartments as well as demolish a flat roof extension and replace it with six more apartments. Under the proposals there would be one parking space provided for each of the homes.

Planning officers had recommende­d the plans for approval despite a strong objection from Historic England which said the developmen­t would harm the listed property.

While the external church building was remaining largely unaltered there were concerns about the changes being made inside the building and loss of features and fittings.

Newquay Town Council had objected to the plans with town councillor Stephen Hick explaining that while the council wanted to see the building maintained it was not certain this was the best scheme.

Mark Dawes, agent for the applicant, said the chapel had been “unloved and unmaintain­ed for over 20 years”. He explained that the applicant had bought the building after it failed to sell at auction.

And he said the number of apartments to be provided had been reduced from previous withdrawn applicatio­ns which had proposed four apartments in the chapel building.

Committee member and Newquay councillor Joanna Kenny said the applicatio­n was “a very difficult one”.

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