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High Street, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear


Property Description

Key features

  • Conversion Opportunity
  • High Street Frontage
  • Grade I Listed
  • Expressions of Interest Sought with Offers to Include a Business Plan
  • Two Storey Conversion in 1980
  • Private Parking
  • Available For Sale Or To Let

Full description

On behalf of the Anglican Diocese of Durham and the Church Commissioners for England, we are instructed to identify a suitable alternative use for the Holy Trinity Church. The Holy Trinity Church is a Grade I listed sandstone building under a slate roof. Built in 1837 by John Dobson the building's external floor area extends to approximately 5,800 sq. ft. (522 sq. m.). In 1980 the Church was converted into the Trinity Centre and was sub-divided into two floors with reception, offices, function rooms and kitchens. Despite this conversion the main structure remains intact, as does the late-19th century stained glass windows. Private parking is available at the side of the property with access from the rear. The Church shares the courtyard with the adjoining St Edmunds Chapel. This historical building was constructed during the 13th century and continues to be used for worship, as such this is not included.

Owner - The marketing of this property is undertaken on behalf of the Anglican Diocese of Durham. In the event of a lease, Durham Diocese Board of Finance will be the lessor. In the event of a sale, the Church Commissioners will act as the vendor. The Church commissioners will determine the appropriate use and this may be subject to a statuary period of consultation.

Situation - The Church is located on Gateshead High Street with private parking to the rear and pay and display parking on the High Street. The prime central location allows full access to Gateshead and Newcastle with good rail links and easy access to the A1.

Detailed Description - The Church originally comprised a five-bay central nave with St Edmunds Chapel as its south aisle. These features remain but have been hidden behind the 1980s conversion to a community centre. Currently the Church offers a reception, five offices, two function rooms, two kitchens, toilet facilities and a lift. The building includes a small bell tower and a basement consisting of two gas boilers serving the Church and the Chapel.
The property has the benefit of mains gas, electricity, water and drainage.

External Description - A Tudor gateway provides access from Gateshead High Street to the front paved courtyard which is shared with St Edmund's Chapel. There are parking areas to the side and rear of the church which are accessed by Hopper Street to the rear. The full extent of the grounds is shown edged red on the attached plan. St Edmund's Chapel which is shown edged blue on the plan reserves a right of access to the high street over the front courtyard.

Planning - The building may be suitable for a range of uses, subject to planning and listed building consents.
A site meeting has taken place with the Council's Planning and Conservation Officers who support the re-use of the building to an appropriate new use.
The Holy Trinity Church and its later conversion is listed with the adjoining medieval chapel of St Edmonds under entry number 1277874. Historic England have inspected the property and advised any alterations would be subject to securing Listed Building Consent, such an application will be judged against the historical significance of the fabric or space to be altered.
The Council will also refer interested parties to Historic England's guidance, New Uses for Former Places of Worship (

Tenure - The car park is subject to a licence agreement with a nearby shop. The property is offered either with the benefit of the sub-lease or freehold with vacant possession upon completion as the successful party may decide.
The Church is currently occupied under licence however, this licence is due to expire on the closing date for offers.

Rights, Wayleaves And Easements - The property is offered subject to and with the benefit of any rights of way, wayleaves and easement or quasi-easements which might exist across the holding.

Viewing - The site can be viewed externally by anybody with a set of the sales particulars. For internal access, please contact GSC Grays on 01833 637000 to arrange a viewing.

Offer Process - The owner will determine which, if any, bids should be taken further. The owner will expect to select one or more bids to be progressed. The successful bidders are likely to be asked to provide assurance, through a business plan or other information, in respect of the initial long term viability of their proposals. Should a freehold offer be recommended, the Church Commissioners will sanction the disposal and, in doing so, have to undertake certain legal formalities before completing the sale of the property. Interested parties should be aware that those procedures will not commence until evidence has been provided indicating a favourable response from the Planning Authority. It is usual for planning permission and listed building consent to be in place before completing the sale of the Church.

Method Of Disposal - The property is offered for sale or lease by private treaty. Interested parties are invited to submit offers which will be considered by the Durham Diocese & Church Commissioners against the following criteria:
A. Proposed use.
B. Proposed financial offer indicating preference for purchase or lease.
C. Proof of the availability of funds to meet the offer made.
D. Any alterations which are planned to the building.
E. Conformity of the proposed use with planning policy.
The Church Commissioners shall consider all bids against the following criteria:-
A. Anticipated planning acceptability.
B. Suitability of the proposed use in relation to its previous religious use.
C. The financial receipts available.
D. Impact on the building.

Deadline Of Offers - Deadline of offers is 1st May 2017.

Restrictive Covenants - The property is offered subject to the Church Commissioners' restrictive covenants. These will be discussed with the purchaser, but which will include controls over future use and alterations, together with protection for windows and memorials.

Useful Contacts - The Planning Officer dealing with this matter is Eleanor Cockbain, Assistant Development Manager, 01914332347 and

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