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Former chapel near Newport to be converted into homes

A former chapel near Newport and its “dilapidated” Sunday school building can be converted into homes, after plans were approved.

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An artist's impression of the Edgmond chapel and Sunday school site conversion (Picture: Peter Richards & Co for Telford Methodist Circuit / Telford and Wrekin Council)

The Victorian-built Edgmond Primitive Methodist Chapel, on the village’s Shrewsbury Road, no longer hosts services, and the outbuilding sees “no demand” for hire as a meeting space, planning documents say.

The Telford Methodist Circuit applied to refit the inside of the main building to accommodate two apartments and replace the outbuilding to the south with a new four-bedroom house.

Edgmond Parish Council supported the plan, saying it was “important to preserve the chapel as an important feature” of the village, and Telford & Wrekin Council’s planning department went on to green-light the proposal.

Edgmond Methodist Chapel and its attached Sunday school (Picture: Google)

A design statement, prepared by Whitchurch-based Peter Richard and Co Ltd for circuit support manager Sharon Hanson, said: “The chapel is not currently used as a practicing chapel. However, the cemetery and graves to the rear will be retained by the applicants for occasional internments – typically one every couple of years.

“The graves will continue to be owned by the Telford Methodist Circuit and will be maintained by the Telford Methodist Circuit and will be maintained by them, with suitable access afforded.

“The Sunday school is in a dilapidated condition and requires substantial repair and upkeep.

“Over recent years there has been no demand for this meeting space due to its condition and the availability of more modern and functioning spaces for assembly in the village.

“It is appreciate that the site carries local importance to the character of the area and a residential conversion of the chapel, preserving the style, form and scale of the chapel, would be the most efficient use.”

Blueprints submitted to Telford & Wrekin Council show a car park next to the existing chapel with six marked parking spaces. A smaller car park, behind a gate and in front of the planned house, has two spaces.

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