Storage plan for Lostock Hall Methodist Church approved

Plans: Lostock Hall Methodist Church
Plans: Lostock Hall Methodist Church
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A disused church is to be turned into offices and storage space, after plans were approved.

The plans to turn Lostock Hall Methodist Church in Watkin Lane, Lostock Hall into a storage building with office space were put forward by AMS Cladding Ltd and have now been given the go ahead.

AMS Cladding Ltd 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.

The church was founded in 1866.

The plans were approved by South Ribble Council officers.

When the plans were first tabled Coun Kathleen Beattie who represents the ward said she thought the plans were a “bad idea” and suggested a better use would be as a youth centre.

Today Coun Beattie said: “I’m not happy. It should not be used for storage.”

The planning application submitted to South Ribble Council stated 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 added 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 added 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.