Methodist church to make way for housing in Chadwell
Date posted: 31-08-2012
PLANS for Riverview Methodist church in Chadwell St Mary to be converted into flats were approved by Thurrock Council’s planning committee last night (Thursday).
The committee heard that the church has fallen into disuse over the years. Developers had made attempts to have the church used for community use but this idea had fallen on stony ground.
The applicant, Barry Mack, spoke to the committee and stressed the importance of one bedroom flats to first time buyers in the borough.
Cllr Phil Anderson made a number of pertinent points regarding the closure of the building as a place of worship.
Cllr Anderson said: “It does seem ironic when there are a large number of faith groups desperate for space that we will be removing a church from the borough.”
Council officers iterated that attempts had been made to make use for community groups.
There was an extended debate and vote for a higher fence at the end of the property but this was voted down.
The planning application was approved.