Sunday, 29 November 2020

Demolition plan for crumbling church hall

PLANS have been submitted to demolish Watlington’s church hall and build two new houses.

The hall, which is out of use because the roof is in a dangerous condition, would be knocked down and replaced by a five-bedroom house and a new four-bedroom rectory for St Leonard’s Church in Pyrton Lane.

The house and the existing rectory in Hill Road on the other side of the town would then be sold to pay for an extension to the church.

In 2012, planning permission was granted for a £150,000 extension on the north side of the Grade II listed church with a kitchen, disabled toilet and baby changing unit.

The parochial church council has been discussing the development of the hall site with the Diocese of Oxford for years.

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