Historic chapel conversion gets go-ahead

September 25 2015

PLANS to convert a ramshackle chapel in Cranbrook Road have been approved by the council.

PLANS to convert a ramshackle chapel in Cranbrook Road have been approved by the council.

The Victorian building, which has laid vacant at the Kersteman Road junction for two years, will now be converted into two family houses and three flats.

New Church closed its doors in October 2013 when the congregation had dwindled to single figures.

Brownfield Green, a Montpelier-based company which specialises in converting historic buildings into contemporary homes, has since purchased the site and obtained planning permission.

Brownfield Green’s director Alex Fawcett said: “This is a really charming chapel with a large garden, right in the middle of a fairly built-up area.
“We’re going to restore the existing building, extending at basement level to create the new homes.

“The chapel had become overgrown and neglected in recent years, so it’s very exciting to be restoring it to its former glory. It’s got some lovely original features that we’ll be keeping wherever we can.”

Following concerns from local residents about the surrounding green space and cluster of trees, the parking area will now be accessible via Kersteman Road, rather than Elton Road.

Mr Fawcett added: “This solution means that no protected trees will be removed to create car parking and there won’t be any loss of existing on-street parking on Elton Road.

“We’re very pleased to have been able to work with the neighbours’ feedback to come up with a better outcome.

“By retaining the existing chapel we aren’t building on the green space around it, keeping that sense of openness as well as providing pretty large gardens for the new homes.”

It is expected that building work will be completed in spring 2016.

More detail about the new houses and flats can be found at www.brownfieldgreen.co.uk.

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