Place of Worship for sale

St James' Kirk Church, St. James Road, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5

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Property Description

Key features

  • Grade II* Listed Church
  • Currently Use Class D1 - non-residential institutional, e.g. Children's Nursery
  • Potential for alterntive uses subject to Planning Approval
  • Attractive and historic building with Medieval Tower, Victorian Nave and Georgian Chapel
  • Popular residential neighbourhood
  • Site area: 1.55 acres.6272m (a closed graveyard)
  • Current net useable internal floor area - 396m (4270ft)
  • Potential net useable internal floor area - 731m (7872ft)
  • EPC exempt

Full description

SITUATION AND DESCRIPTION

A large former Church in a quiet cul-de-sac setting, surrounded by residential properties, just under a mile from the Centre of Accrington. Largely open plan to the ground floor with useful ancillary accommodation. In addition to which there is a first floor horseshoe shaped balcony area. Built in three main stages, the church dates from the 17th Century, with later Georgian and Victorian additions. The overall site area is 1.55 acres shown edged red on attached plan. The churchyard is closed to burials and in the care of Hyndburn Borough Council.

DIRECTIONS

Leave the M65 motorway at junction 7 and at the roundabout take the exit marked Dunkenhalgh Way/A6185 towards Accrington. Continue along the A6185 for 0.8 miles, turning right onto Henry St/A679, continue along Henry Street for 0.4 miles, going straight on at the roundabout. Turn right onto Edward St, which becomes Church Street. The Church can be found at the end of the road. For Sat Nav. use Postcode BB5 4JP

CONSTRUCTION

Predominantly coursed sandstone with slate roof, tower is uncoursed sandstone.

ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES

Ground Floor

Entrance Hallway with Staircase off
12.53m x 4.20m
Vestry 4.90m x 4.53m
Nave 20.50m x 12.53m
Choir Stalls and Chancel 7.89m x 9.09m
WC and kitchenette off Vestry
1.54m x 4.53m
First Floor
Horseshoe shaped balcony (Rear) 6.13m x 12.53m
(Wings) 3.25m x 18.76m

Outside

Tarmacadam path to the main door.

Large graveyard surrounding the Church, edged red on the attached plan - ownership will be reserved to the Church Commissioners but rights of way and leases may be granted to purchasers.

Roads

St James' Road is made up and adopted by the Local Authority.

Rateable Value

No rateable value assessment is currently placed on the property - exempt as a place of worship.

Services

The property is connected to the public supplies of electricity and water with drainage to the Local Authority maintained sewer. Gas fired central heating installed - boiler installed within ground floor of medieval tower.

VIEWING

At any reasonable time by prior appointment with the selling agents.

Offers

Offers invited to be submitted on the attached Form of Offer.

Planning/Redevelopment Potential

Specific planning enquiries should be addressed to the Local Planning Authority - Hyndburn Borough Council, however the current use of the building falls within Use Class D1 non-residential/institutional use and such uses as Children's Nursery, Social Centre, Medical Surgery (non-residential) would not require a formal Planning Approval.

Other uses applicable to a residential area are likely to be considered appropriate by the Local Planning Authority, specific Planning enquiries should be addressed to Hyndburn Borough Council Tel: 01254 388111

Procedure for Sale

A closed Church of England Church is sold under a special legal provision known as a Pastoral (Church Buildings) Scheme, which empowers the Church Commissioners to sell the property for a specific use. The sale of St. James Church Kirk would, therefore, be subject to the making of such a scheme following public consultation, as well as to the need to obtain planning permission. Further details about the procedures involved may be found on the Commissioners' web-site at www.ccpastoral.org.

A closed church building is also usually sold with covenants which are included in the transfer of the property to ensure that the approved development is carried forward. Further details of these are available from the agents.

In addition, it is a stipulation of the Church Commissioners that any alterations to the exterior of the church should be limited and sympathetic to its historic interest and architectural qualities.

Vacant Possession on Completion


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Nearest stations

  • Church & Ostwaldwistle (0.5 mi)
  • Accrington (1.1 mi)
  • Rishton (1.1 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

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Nearest stations

  • Church & Ostwaldwistle (0.5 mi)
  • Accrington (1.1 mi)
  • Rishton (1.1 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Lea, Hough & Co, Blackburn

Blakewater House Phoenix BusinessPark, Off Blakewater Road, Blackburn, BB1 5RW

01254 494045 Local call rate

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