Place of Worship for sale

St Marks Church, Buncer Lane, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2

Under Offer £125,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Grade II Listed 19th Century Church,
  • Current Use - Class D1 - non residential institutional,
  • Potential for conversion to residential or office use subject to planning/Listed building consents,
  • Site area 1785m
  • Offers in excess of 125,000,

Full description

St Mark's Church, the former Feilden Estate family church, was built in the 1836 to 1838 period in a Romanesque style with later additions in 1870 and 1881 to 1887.

The church is located within a popular residential Blackburn suburb with open outlooks across Buncer Lane to Witton Country Park, the campus of the adjacent High School/Technology College, fringing the Witton Park sports field complex.

Buncer Lane is a busy traffic distributor route.

The church site has flank frontage to Higher Witton Road.

Within the church grounds are two portable buildings and Pre-App advice from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council was reasonably positive to the concept of introducing vehicle access and car parking within the church yard, subject to detailed considerations.

The building is predominantly of stone under slate roofs - an imposing building within a tree fringed church yard, considered suitable for a variety of uses following its closure as a place of worship.

To reach the property from Blackburn town centre, proceed out sign posted Preston along Preston New Road (A677) a mile and a half from the town centre, bear left at the mini-roundabout into Billinge Avenue immediately opposite St Silas Church (just past the Morrisons filling station/supermarket), continue Billinge Avenue merges into Buncer Lane and the property will be found on the left hand side approximately ½ mile from the Preston New Road junction.

Lancashire Ordnance Street Atlas Page 100, grid square B4. National Grid Reference SD665276 or use Post Code BB2 6SY.

St Mark's Church is three miles from junction 3 of the M65 motorway or via the A677/A59 trunk road, seven miles from junction 31 of the M6 (Samlesbury junction on the east side of Preston).

Stone faced masonry walls under a traditional timber roof structure clad in slate.


Ground Floor
Inner Vestibule with staircase off
Assembly/Break Out Area Principal dimensions 7.7m x 5.38m
Kitchen off 3.09m x 2.2m with a range of base, wall and cupboard units and gas water heater, clay tiled floor.
Toilets Male and Female toilet 1.8m x 0.83m and disabled WC 1.8m x 2.17m plus understairs store off
Main Worship Space Principal dimensions 10.93m (width) x 14.56m (length) plus north transept (five sided principal dimensions 5.5m maximum x 6.25m.
South Transept 6.04m x 6.16m
Side Porch 2.02m x 1.37m
Chancel/Chapel Area 9.7m maximum x 4.1m maximum, access to tower off
Vestry/Office 2.7m x 4.4m

First Floor
Former balcony/Activity Room 9.6m x 5.4m plus Kitchen off 2.1m x 1.1m

Large grassed Church Yard, Vault on south side, tree lined boundaries, various temporary buildings within the church yard including Porta-cabin.

Buncer Lane and Higher Witton Road are made up and adopted by the Local Authority.

Rateable Value
No Rateable Value assessment as property is currently exempt as a Place of Worship.

Room Dimensions
The room dimensions quoted are taken to the widest part of each room.

The property is connected to the public supplies of electricity and water. Drainage is believed to be to the Local Authority maintained sewer. No form of central heating installed.

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

Offers in excess of £125,000. Offers to be submitted on the attached form of offer.

Planning/Re-development Potential
Planning permission will not be required for a use of the building falling within Use Class D 1 - non-residential institutional use.

The range of uses which fall within this class include children's nursery, social centre, medical surgery (non-residential), museum, school, health centre or art gallery (non-retail).

Any alterations to the fabric internally or externally will require Planning and Listed Building Consent, in addition to Building Regulations approval.

The Local Authority have responded positively to an application for advice on the likelihood of consent being granted for vehicle access and car parking within the church yard to support a range of unspecified alternative uses.

Such uses as residential, office or commercial/light industrial use will require Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent. Discussions between a previously interested party and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council's Conservation Officer suggest that a conversion to a dwelling will be supported provided the area of first floor accommodation is restricted to approximately half (the westerly end) of the nave. i.e. The general sense of full height openness will need to be preserved, retaining the chancel and north and south transepts as they are at present.

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 Marks Church 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

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.

Once a preferred purchaser/end user has been identified, after a reasonable marketing period, the proposed purchasers use will be the subject of a formal consultation process in addition to possibly requiring Planning Permission and Listed Building consent.

These procedures can continue in tandem but no formal disposal will be completed until such time as the Pastoral (Church Buildings) Scheme has been formally approved by the Church of England.

A pastoral scheme for residential purposes was approved recently.

It is important to appreciate therefore that the submission of an offer is only part of the process required to effect a sale - a process which may take several months.

Vacant Possession on Completion

Misdescription Act

Your attention is drawn to the following notice.

Lea Hough & Co, for themselves and for the Vendor(s) or Lessor(s) of this property, gives notice that:

1. These particulars, whilst believed to be correct, do not form any part of an offer or contract and are for a guide only.
2. Any intending purchaser must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the condition of the premises and no warranty is given by the Vendor(s), their Agents or any person in the Agents employment.
3. Any gas, electrical or other appliances included have not been tested; this includes drains, plumbing and electrical installations. It is recommended that all persons carry out their own investigations prior to contract.

Ref: RBP/ymm/V.200-386a 18.09.19

Lea Hough is a trading name of Lea Hough & Co LLP, which is a Limited Liability Partnership registered in England and Wales under Partnership Number OC306054.
Registered Office: 7 Ferry Road Office Park, Preston, PR2 2YH.

More information from this agent

Nearest stations

  • Mill Hill (0.7 mi)
  • Cherry Tree (0.9 mi)
  • Blackburn (1.2 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Lea, Hough & Co, Blackburn

Oakshaw House, 2 Capricorn Park, Blakewater Road, Blackburn, BB1 5QR

01254 494045 Local call rate

How much will it cost me to call the number displayed on the site?

Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles apply and calls may be included in your telecom provider's call package.

Map & Street View

Nearest stations

  • Mill Hill (0.7 mi)
  • Cherry Tree (0.9 mi)
  • Blackburn (1.2 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Lea, Hough & Co, Blackburn

Oakshaw House, 2 Capricorn Park, Blakewater Road, Blackburn, BB1 5QR

01254 494045 Local call rate

How much will it cost me to call the number displayed on the site?

Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles apply and calls may be included in your telecom provider's call package.

Disclaimer - Property reference V200386A. The information displayed about this property comprises a property advertisement. makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the advertisement or any linked or associated information, and Rightmove has no control over the content. This property advertisement does not constitute property particulars. The information is provided and maintained by Lea, Hough & Co, Blackburn. Please contact the selling agent or developer directly to obtain any information which may be available under the terms of The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 or the Home Report if in relation to a residential property in Scotland.

* Average speeds are based on the download speeds of at least 50% of customers at peak time (8pm to 10pm) from packages available on Speed can be affected by a range of technical and environmental factors. The speed you receive where you live may be lower than that listed above. You can check the estimated speed to your property prior to purchasing. Fibre/cable services at your postcode are subject to availability. You can confirm availability on the provider's website. Providers may increase charges. You should have the right to exit your contract without penalty if this happens. The information is provided and maintained by Decision Technologies Limited.

Map data OpenStreetMap contributors.