Plans have been submitted again to knock down St Christopher’s Church Hall in Barwell and build four new homes on the site.
An application seeking permission to demolish the building and a separate bid wanting the green light for four semi-detached properties have been received by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.
An initial scheme was refused by councillors on January 26 last year with planning committee members saying the “width of the site and the uncharacteristic layout, bulk and design” of the development would be “detrimental” to the community and “detract from the character of the area”.
Developers Miller Prestige Homes then submitted fresh plans in April 2016 to build the same number of three-bed properties which matched the existing appearance of the street. This was approved.
A revised proposal sees the four homes reduced to two-bed rather than three. Provision of eight car parking spaces remain.
St Christopher’s Hall was built in 1953 and has been unused since 2009 when the owners decided it would be too costly to carry out essential repairs, particularly to the flat roof.
Despite being on the open market for some time no buyer was found for the building and the site has been regarded as something of an eyesore since then. Barwell church hall to be turned into four new homes – Hinckley Times