Monday, 11 December 2017

Church hall demolition opposed yet again

PARISH councillors have again objected to plans to demolish Watlington’s church hall and build two new

PARISH councillors have again objected to plans to demolish Watlington’s church hall and build two new houses.

Critics say the development is not needed while supporters say it is vital for the future of St Leonard’s Church.

The church wants to replace the hall in Pyrton Lane with a five-bedroom house and a new rectory. The new house and existing rectory in Hill Road would then be sold to pay for an extension to the church.

Watlington Parish Council’s planning committee said the scale of the house was too large for the site and the design was “disappointing” being so close to one of the most important buildings in the town.

Members also objected to losing an important area of open space and said the parking space left would be insufficient for the needs of St Leonard’s, especially for weddings and funerals.



A decision on the application was deferred by South Oxfordshire District Council in March pending the supply of more financial information but the cost of the development and the likely profit have not been made public.

Officers had recommended approval subject to a legal agreement that money generated from the development would be spent on the upkeep and improvement of the church.



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