Plans to transform a vacant Netherfield church building into 13 one-bed apartments have been submitted to Gedling Borough Council.
Developers want to convert the empty Netherfield Methodist Church on Victoria Road into flats with accompanying internal and external communal spaces, a secure bin store, cycle store and parking spaces.
The adjoining church hall up until recently housed the Loco Centre, which has now moved to the former doctor’s surgery on Forester Street.
Planning documents submitted with the application state: “The existing property was unaffordable for the previous owners due to high maintenance costs.
“Despite a long marketing period by local estate agents, there was no demand from potential buyers to buy and maintain as a church or community centre due to the cost to maintain, and upgrade.”
They go on to state: The proposals will provide much needed dwelling units for local residents, requiring and waiting for Supported Living accommodation. The application proposals do not adversely affect residential amenity either for the proposed residents or in the local neighbourhood, are in keeping with the local area, and will not create any highway or parking issues.”
The transformation of the building will require a new floor which will be inserted in the former Church and Church Hall. There will be no structural changes to the existing windows, though new glazing will be inserted to meet modern thermal and residential standards.
The six proposed car parking spaces would be for the use of staff and any other operational car parking requirements that may be needed for contractors.
The plans have been submitted by Hockley Developments Ltd and are currently being considered by Gedling Borough Council.
The plans can be seen here: https://pawam.gedling.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=R7VAP7HLL4M00&activeTab=summary