06:00 Tuesday 10 June 2014

Plans to turn derelict Prickwillow church into house

Written byJORDAN DAY

St Peter's Church in Main Street, Prickwillow. St Peter's Church in Main Street, Prickwillow.

A councillor’s hopes of a derelict church potentially being used by the community it used to serve look set to be dashed.

Bosses at the Diocese of Ely have applied for planning permission to convert St Peter’s Church in Main Street, Prickwillow, into a house.

The church closed its doors in 2011 due to dwindling congregation numbers and the building, which is owned by the diocese, has stood empty ever since.

Alison Arnold, who represents Prickwillow on the City of Ely Council, was hoping the church could be given a new lease of life for the local community to use.

But in a statement to East Cambridgeshire District Council, the diocese said residential usage is “the only feasible solution that would ensure its long-term survival.”

The diocese added: “The church is beginning to show signs that it needs to be brought back into use.

“The scheme proposed gives the church a viable new use, extending its life and minimising the amount of alterations required.”

To view the plans or to have your say, visit www.eastcambs.gov.uk.

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