A councillor has labelled plans to turn a church into offices and storage space as a ‘bad idea.’
Plans have been put forward to change Lostock Hall Methodist Church in Watkin Lane, Lostock Hall into a storage building with office space.
The proposals have been put forward by AMS Cladding Ltd. The firm currently occupies AMS Trading Estate in Brownhill Lane, Longton but despite advertising there hasn’t been a great take up of tenancies by businesses so the owners have decided to redevelop the site for housing and relocate to the new Lostock Hall site.
Coun Kathleen Beattie who represents the ward said: “I think it is a bad idea because we don’t need any more storage. Residents have sent messages to say they don’t want it.
“It’s not a good idea for what they want to do with it. The youth club has closed, a youth club would be better there, a meeting place for teenagers. People aren’t in favour.”
The planning application submitted to South Ribble Council states that the ground floor will be used for warehouse/storage and a new powder coated black roller shutter door is proposed to the front elevation for central vehicular access to the building for loading and unloading goods.
It adds that the company wants to provide a new first floor level at the existing seating gallery to provide lightweight storage space and there will be office/staff room space at the rear. It is also proposed to re-surface the area in front of the church.
The application adds that a maximum of two full time and two part time staff will occupy the premises at any one time. Opening hours will be 9-5pm Monday to Friday and 9-1pm on Saturdays.
AMS Cladding was unavailable for comment.