February 1 2015 Latest news:
Thursday, July 17, 2014
An historic Norwich church has been put up for sale with a £600,000 price tag, after its congregation dwindled.
The imposing St Peter’s Methodist Church occupies some 11,500 square metres in the heart of the city’s Golden Triangle and is on the market.
But developers looking to snap up the Park Lane church so it can be turned into homes are likely to be disappointed.
Norwich City Council has indicated it wants the buildings to remain in use for the community and, for the time being at least, does not want it converted into residential use.
While the building, which was designed by city architect Cecil Yelf, is not listed by English Heritage, it is locally listed, which gives it some protection against demolition.
The property is made up of three interconnected buildings with some construction dating back to 1894, although the church itself was built in 1939.
Tom Corfield, from Hall Road-based surveyors Irelands, explained why the church was on the market.
He said: “The Methodist church ceased using the site from December last year, due to a decline in its congregation numbers.
“It’s a big site and the congregation has amalgamated with Jessopp Road United Reformed Church, which has rendered the church redundant.
“The Methodist church decided to take the view to sell it because they were not interested in becoming landlords.”
The church is on the market for £600,000 to £650,000 and listed as having the potential for a range of alternative uses.
Mr Corfield said: “We have spoken to Norwich City Council and at the moment they view the site as a community facility and they want to see it continue in that vein.
“That could be things such as leisure or health, such as for indoor sports or a doctor’s surgery. It could be a community centre, a school, a creche or a library.”
Mr Corfield said there had been interest from developers, eyeing up the site for housing, but he had explained that was not a possibility, at least for the time being.
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