For sale: £600,000 Norwich church in heart of Golden Triangle

St Peter's methodist church and church halls on Park Lane in Norwich are up for sale with a guide price of £600,00 to £650,000. Photo: Bill Smith St Peter's methodist church and church halls on Park Lane in Norwich are up for sale with a guide price of £600,00 to £650,000. Photo: Bill Smith

Thursday, July 17, 2014
6:07 AM

An historic Norwich church has been put up for sale with a £600,000 price tag, after its congregation dwindled.

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St Peter's methodist church and church halls on Park Lane in Norwich are up for sale with a guide price of £600,00 to £650,000. Photo: Bill SmithSt Peter's methodist church and church halls on Park Lane in Norwich are up for sale with a guide price of £600,00 to £650,000. Photo: Bill Smith

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.

What would you like to see happen to the church? Tell us your views by writing, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor. Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

4 comments

  • It is sad to see that St Peter’s Park Lane Methodist Church is to be closed. I went to Sunday School there, and also became a church member when I lived in the area. It was a big church and in those days there was always a full house for the Sunday morning service. I also belonged to the Girls Brigade and the Youth Club.

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    Mary Nelson

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Could be turned into a drop in centre for recovering alcoholics or drug abusers or half way house for ex convicts as there are not many places for them now after all the cuts

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    blister

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Not really up to Norwich City Council is it. Up to the planning officers.

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    marty r

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • .....Bit slow off the mark Tesco?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

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