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The New Church - plans to turn it into a family home

Disused Brightlingsea church could become a family home

A proposal to convert a disused Brightlingsea church to residential use has been submitted to Tendring District Council.

The request to grant the change to of use for the Grade II listed New Church in Queen Street, would see the Victorian building turned into "high quality character family home" according to documents submitted to the council by Marlies White of Silcott Street.

A previous application for the building – which was completed in 1868 at a cost £1,150 – presented a range of plans ranging from conversion to up to five dwellings and were supported in principle by planning officers. However, the current  documentation complied by Colchester architects Duncan Clark & Beckett says: "The application for change for change of use will restore an important part of Brightlingsea's heritage that has stood vacant for more than a decade. The applicants were the only prospective buyers of this property who were not developers – the only party who did not intend to convert the property to as many residential units as possible."

According to the documentation, the applicants have recently acquired the property and will submit planning applications for "restoration work and some alterations to the fabric of the church" once change of use has been granted. It adds: "The simple structural volume of the church: its stripped-down and simple interior, and the size of the windows with their minimal stained glass borders, together with its very domestic presence in the streetscape are factors that combine to make it a very realistic residential conversion proposal."

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