Homes plan for iconic Colne church

Providence Independent Methodist Church, Colne.'Photo Ben Parsons
Providence Independent Methodist Church, Colne.'Photo Ben Parsons

An iconic Colne town centre church could be set for a conversion after plans were considered by councillors.

An application to convert the former Providence Independent Methodist Church in Albert Road went in front of Pendle Council’s Colne Committee at its November meeting.

The plan includes the demolition of a timber structure to the rear of the church building and the conversion of the building itself into six two bedroom residential units with the insertion of rooflights and additional windows.

Although a decision was not made by councillors on the night, they have given the go ahead in principle and delegated grant consent to Pendle Council Planning Manager Neil Watson to approve the plan subject to an agreement being reached that no vehicles should park around the war memorial.

Coun. Graham Waugh, Chairman of the Colne Committee, said: “We are very pleased to see that something is happening with the building and very pleased to see it will be in use again.

“Ideally, we would have loved to have kept it as it is, but if somebody doesn’t occupy it, it was going to fall into a state of disrepair.”