Priest's appeal to tear down church that has been closed for three years is rejected

An iron corrugated, dilapidated church with leacking roof
The church was said to have only four parishioners, two of whom have now died (Image credit: Google Street View)

A church that has remained closed for three years has been refused planning permission to be turned into a three bedroom house.

Father Peter Harnden wanted to knock down the church built in the 1930s as it was described as having "no purpose" and was described locally as an "eyesore" due to its mouldy and leaking roof.

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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.