Church plans are approved

Foggathorpe Methodist Church
Foggathorpe Methodist Church

AN AMBITIOUS plan to convert a disused church in Foggathorpe into a unique dwelling has been approved by planners at East Riding Council.

The application was brought back before the Western Area Planning sub-committee, to allow the applicant to speak.

It was considered by members of the sub-commitee on 6 September, where the applicant was not given the opportunity to speak.

The plans included building a large extension to the rear and side of the old Methodist building on Foggathorpe’s Station Road and installing velux windows to allow a first floor to be built.

The application received no formal objections from the locals and was even praised by Foggathorpe Parish Council.

They said: “The parish council accepts that the only use 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.”

Prior to the sub-committee meeting it was recommended the application be refused.

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

There were also concerns 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 the extension would have “a significant detrimental impact on the character of the building and the site.”

However, planners at County Hall agreed to approve the application, made by a Miss Nicola Haslem, as it fulfilled a personal housing need and because the family have links to the area.

It has been referred to the planning committee who will meet this month.