Church house plan given fresh hopes

Foggathorpe Methodist Church
Foggathorpe Methodist Church

HOPES of transforming a disused church into a home were given a boost after an application was discussed by planners.

The old Methodist building on Foggathorpe’s Station Road is the subject an ambitious plan to convert it into a unique dwelling. The plans included velux windows to the church to allow a first floor to be built, and a large extension to the rear and side of the church, which would be the same height.

The application received no formal objections from the locals and was even praised by the local parish council.

They said: “The Methodist Chapel has been a central building in Foggathorpe for many years and its appearance and position is very important to the village.

“The council accepts that the only use of the building could possibly be put to is residential.”

It had been put to use as a community building without success and no business use would be feasible.

They added: “The parish council would not wish such an important building to be left unused and unloved.”

Despite this, prior to the recent meeting of East Riding Council’s western area planning sub-committee it was recommended that the application be refused.

The planning officer said Foggathorpe was not identified as a “market village” and such new housing would not be supported.

There were also questions raised over the proposed extension to the rear of the chapel, which is of a simple Victorian style that retains its original character. It was felt that the extension would not fit in with its surroundings and have a detrimental impact on the character of the building site.

However, it was agreed that the application be referred rather than rejected, and that it should be given the green light once a smaller extension plan had been submitted, one that was more in keeping with the church.