PLANS have been submitted to turn the former Methodist Chapel in Downton into a three-bedroom house. 

According to the planning application, the church on the High Street has been vacant since June 2019. 

The Design and Heritage statement submitted as part of the plans says the design seeks to "preserve the character and form of the building in order to maintain the street scene and roof scape within its important historical context."

Minimal external changes are proposed, with the main changes being to the rear of the property. 

The statement adds: "Materials have been sensitively selected in order to preserve the appearance of the building, and conservation roof lights are proposed in order to retain the roofline whilst lighting the interior appropriately for modern living."

Included in the application is plans to build an additional summer house at the back of the development.

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The site does not have any existing parking spaces, nor will the proposed development add or remove any parking spaces.

The property is thought to date from 1896.

The design statement concludes that the scheme is "sympathetic" to its setting and the surrounding area, and that the prposed alterations "will not cause an adverse effect on the heritage assets of the area."

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