Homes plan at Gosport church set for green light as council meets

Gosport Borough Council's regulatory board are due to meet next Tuesday to decide if the conversion will be given planning permission
Gosport Borough Council's regulatory board are due to meet next Tuesday to decide if the conversion will be given planning permission

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A CONVERSION of a church into eight homes is set to be given the green light.

The hall at the church, in Stoke Road, Gosport, is set to be demolished as part of the plans.

Four one-bedroom flats and four two-bedroom flats will be built on the site.

A planning application was put into Gosport Borough Council for the homes but was withdrawn over concerns about a lack of car parking spaces.

An amended application with five spaces – up from two – was submitted in late August.

Two people have objected over the new plans.

Joanna Robinson, of nearby Prince of Wales Road, was concerned about access.

In a written objection she said: ‘There is a public right of way which is the rear access to the houses in Prince of Wales Road.

‘The development appears to include blocking the access to this walkway, which would mean essential services could not be carried out.

‘Scaffolding for example needs to come through this alleyway as I have previously found when carrying out roof repairs to my property.’

She also has concerns over parking at the new development.

David Norman, of Prince of Wales Road, is also concerned about the alleyway.

He said: ‘I wish to know have the people submitting these plans have assumed the rights of an owner or were the council wrong with their advice to me a matter of months ago?

‘If this is the case how will this effect access to the rear of my property and the other houses in Prince of Wales Road?’

Councillors at the borough’s regulatory board are due to meet next Tuesday to decide if the conversion will be given planning permission.

Planning officers have recommended the elected councillors give it the green light.

As reported, the congregation at the more than 104-year-old church moved to Cooperage Green in Royal Clarence Yard in 2011. Sophie Curtis Property Ltd based in Hove, East Sussex, bought the church for £105,000 in August last year.

The church is within the Stoke Road conservation area.

Officers at the council have reported the church has fallen into a state of disrepair, with broken stairs and dry rot.