The property comprises a traditional church building of stone construction beneath a pitched slate roof. We understand the property is not a listed building.
Internally there is an entrance area, main open plan worship area, a vestry to the rear and a former Sunday School room formed in what was the east aisle. The property benefits from a gas central heating system and sodium lighting (Appliances have not been tested).
Externally, there is a section of land to the front of the property and a small yard area to the rear of the property.
It should be noted that there is a small Remembrance Garden to the front.
The property has planning for a D1 use (Place of Worship). Under this use, the property could also be used as a nursery, training centre, community centre, clinic use etc.
Pre-application advice has been obtained from the local planning authority for conversion of the former church to residential use. Bury Council has commented that in principle, the building may be suitable for residential conversion, with a single dwelling being the most appropriate solution with the need to preserve some sense of the height and scale of the interior. A copy of this advice is available on request.
Restrictive covenants and Pastoral (Church Buildings Disposal) Scheme
Restrictive covenants will be included in the transfer of the property to ensure that the approved development is carried forward. Further details of these are available from the agents.
A closed Church of England church is sold under special legal provision - a Pastoral (Church Buildings Disposal) Scheme is the legal document empowering the Church Commissioners to sell a closed church for a specific use. The sale of the church would, therefore, be subject to the making of such a scheme following public consultation. Further details about the procedures involved may be found on the Commissioners' web-site at www.ccpastoral.org.