Historic church set to be demolished

Park Road Methodist Church in Chorley
Park Road Methodist Church in Chorley

The demolition of an historic Chorley church has moved one step closer after plans have been re-submitted.

Park Road Methodist Church, which dates back to 1842, closed its doors last year after attendances fell and the building became too costly to maintain.

An application went to Chorley Council in February this year but was withdrawn at the last minute.

Minister Andrew Mashiter said: “The plans have been re-submitted because just as it was going to Development Control Committee for a decision we were told that we did not have evidence that we owned all the site because we had a deed for three-quarters of it.

“We have spoken to the Land Registry and it has all been sorted and we have applied again.

“We have put an outline plan for seven townhouses on the site but we will not be building them.

“We think this is an attractive option for the developers to put up houses there. Just like most charities we have to generate capital and we employed an architect to look at the best options.”

The congregation of Park Road joined forces with Trinity Methodist in Gillibrand Walks and the Chorley Methodist Church has been hailed a success.

Mr Mashiter added: “We are going out to tender to revamp the Chorley Methodist Church and it will be a facility to benefit the community.

“Even though there will be worship in the church it will be able to be used for conferences and activities.

“Since the move we have noticed more members coming to the church here.”