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‘Overwhelming’ support for church extension plan

PRESTBURY church bosses say there is "overwhelming" support for their plans to extend a Grade I listed chapel.

PRESTBURY church bosses say there is "overwhelming" support for their plans to extend a Grade I listed chapel.

Leaders of St Peter’s Church are pressing ahead with plans to build the ambitious extension, which will see tomb and headstones re-sited.

The Reverend Patrick Angier said: "When the extension was first proposed there was a little bit of anxiety from people.

"But people are much more supportive because they have contributed over two years to what the plans are. A lot of people have been leaving fantastic comments with us, and many are behind it."

The church, which dates back to the 1200s, would use the annex for church functions and community space.

The £500,000 extension would sit in the north east corner of the grounds, over interred remains.

But any building work would not disturb remains as it would be built on stilts. Radar and archaeological surveys will take place to establish what lies in the ground.

To ease any fears parishioners may still have, leaders are inviting them to share their views at every stage of the planning project.

Jim Leonard, chairman of the parochial church council, helped run the open day earlier this month when plans were shown to the public.

He said: "We have had overwhelming support from the comments during the open day. But if people still have questions or concerns, they should talk to the vicar or church wardens about the plans."

The next stage is to lodge an official planning application, aiming to start work next year.

 
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