Oswaldtwistle homes plan is a ‘good idea’ for the site of disused church (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Oswaldtwistle homes plan is a ‘good idea’ for the site of disused church
FRESH plans to demolish a church in Oswaldtwistle have been drawn up.
Proposals to replace the disused Christian Institute Church, in Melbourne Street, with homes were given the green light in 2008.
But the site was never developed and now plans have been submitted for four, three-bedroom houses, four car parking spots and a communal shed, secured by an electric gate, to be built.
Coun Peter Britcliffe said he would much rather see derelict buildings knocked down than buildings erected on green spaces.
He said: “An empty building is always a problem and if the church is likely to stay empty, demolition is the best option for it. It’s been empty since the new church moved to Union Road, which was a good few years ago.
“I think it would be a suitable place for housing and because there’s parking facilities, it sounds like a great idea.”
The church was built as a temporary building in the mid-1990s and is still believed to be in a good condition.
A scheme passed in 2008, for two sets of semi-detached houses and six car parking spaces, was subject to a condition that developers would have to demonstrate proper access to the car parking areas before work could commence.
At the time, then-development control manager, Brent Clarkson, said: “The property is facing terraced houses and is close to shopping areas on Union Road.
“The development would fit in with its surroundings. Planning guidance would allow five units on this space, so four is an appropriate number.”
One resident had objected to the scheme with concerns over parking issues and access for emergency vehicles. The letter claimed the street was already overcrowded with visitors to nearby shops parking on Melbourne Street.
The latest application said the homes would be accessed off Stonebridge Lane, via a small car park. A small courtyard to the rear of the new homes would contain the four car parking spaces.
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