BAPTIST CHURCH BUILDING UNEXPECTEDLY UP FOR SALE BY PRIVATE TREATY

The Baptist Church building in North Street is unexpectedly back on the market and up for sale by private treaty with a guide price of £145,000. The historic Grade 11 listed building, which dates back to 1820 when it was built as a church hall for a group of local Christians, has accommodation comprising of a chapel, vestry, kitchen/servery, office, cloakroom and stairs leading up to both sides of the gallery. Although there is no onsite parking space, there is a good sized forecourt with garden area at the front of the building.

The church building was purchased last year by a Crewkerne resident who subsequently obtained planning permission from South Somerset District Council for change of use consent from a place of worship to an inhabited rehearsal space. At the time, Mr John Stuffins, Administrator of Crewkerne & Misterton Baptist Church (CMBC) stated that a condition of the sale included a 3 month period to enable the congregation, bible study group and other regular church activities to relocate to suitable premises elsewhere in the town. It is understood that this condition would still apply.

Property agents Perry Bishop & Chambers have stated: “The present use is within D1 of the Classes Order as a place of worship. This would permit other community uses including clinics, surgeries, creches, day nurseries and consulting rooms.” The property agent also believes that the property could be converted to either a single dwelling or for multiple residential occupation and would suit a variety of commercial uses – all subject to planning permission being granted. Open viewing for prospective buyers took place at the Baptist Church building on Tuesday afternoon. Private viewing can be arranged by contacting Land and Development Agents Perry Bishop & Chambers on 01285 646770.

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