Village church housing plan approved despite council objections

PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 August 2018

Wedmore Baptist Church. Picture: Google

Wedmore Baptist Church. Picture: Google

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A disused village church will be transformed into a house, after Sedgemoor District Council granted planning permission this week.

Pang Properties will turn Wedmore Baptist Church and school rooms, in Grants Lane, into one home.

The application had previously been dismissed on appeal after the planning inspector raised concerns over the impact the development would have on parking and traffic in Grants Lane.

However, Wedmore Parish Council was opposed to the plans due to the lack of parking provision.

Planning committee chairman, Alex Whittingham, said, ahead of the final decision,: “The parish council opposes this application on the grounds that it is contrary to policy in not having any parking spaces included in the plans, let alone the required number, and that the applicant’s alternative suggestion, to park on the public road, represents a significant road safety issue.”

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