A disused Cheltenham church could be destroyed to make way for affordable homes.
Cheltenham Borough Homes (CBH) which manages Cheltenham Borough Council’s housing stock plans to demolish Holy Name Church in Pennine Road, Lynworth, and has submitted a planning application to this effect.
The plan is to build eight two-bedroom houses in place of the Holy Name Church. The Church is a one-storey building 1,900m2 in area and rectangular in shape.
The planning application states that the Catholic Church’s last service was in 2011.
The document reads: “The church no longer provides any sort of service from their building on the site and there will be no provision in the future as the congregational need has diminished.
“The hall was also used as a badminton court since 1996 but has not been used in recent times and has fallen into a poor state of repair and is subject to vandalism.”
CBH’s plans say the two-bedroom houses would each have two parking spaces and provide accommodation for four people.
The Government’s defines an affordable home for rent as one that costs no more than 80% of the average local market rent.
If it is for purchase, the property’s mortgage payments should be more than would be paid in rent on council housing, but below market levels.
The application further states that there are other functional religious places of worship in the community that will serve the followers of the Catholic Church and also meet the diverse and multicultural needs of the community.