Church sites in Congresbury set for conversion into 24 homes?

PUBLISHED: 15:30 17 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:14 18 April 2017

An artist's impression of what the new cohousing development would look like. Picture; Barton Willmore Architects.

An artist's impression of what the new cohousing development would look like. Picture; Barton Willmore Architects.

Barton Willmore Architects.

Plans to develop a vicarage and refectory into houses have moved forward, with the project’s design team unveiling its vision.

Barton Willmore Architects has produced impressions of 24 homes which could be built near St Andrew’s Church in Congresbury.

It has worked with St Congar’s Community Cohousing to develop the proposal which seeks to emphasise a neighbourly spirit. A cohousing development allows homeowners to have their own living spaces, but there are communal facilities for activities and eating available too.

A Barton Willmore spokesman said: “The cohousing development will not only provide a new way of living, but would also secure the long-term viable use of the grade-I listed vicarage and refectory. The vicarage would be converted into the common house and the refectory would continue to be made available and used for wider community activities to benefit the whole village.

“The development also has potential to provide a model for living in an environment where the impact of a caring community will help to reduce the need to access external care resources.”

Congresbury has been targeted by private housing developers in recent years but Barton Willmore believes this scheme has merits for the whole community.

A pre-planning application has been submitted to North Somerset Council.


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