Regeneration plans for historic church in Emsworth

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PLANS have been submitted to demolish part of a church building.

Emsworth Baptist Church has applied to Havant Borough Council for permission to replace the existing two-storey extension at the back of the church with a single-storey annex.

The application is part of a revamp of the church in North Street.

As well as refurbishing the existing church building, members are in the process of building a new 300-seat auditorium.

The church says its latest application will improve the look of the church.

A planning report for councillors states: ‘The existing rear two-storey extension, which is thought to have been added on to the main church in the late 1800s, is now in very poor condition, with the eastern wall leaning significantly.’

The report adds: ‘This part of the church has a poor internal layout and very steep stairs.

‘The annex will improve the layout of meeting/conference rooms, create disabled access and WC facilities, and allow the annex to be used independently of the church, making it a more practical asset for the wider community.’