Former Methodist Chapel, Chapel Road, Soberton Heath (15/00899/FUL)
Working with Abbeywell Developments and Malcolm Stevens of Metroscape Ltd, permission was sought and eventually obtained from Winchester City Council to extend and convert a redundant Methodist chapel to a single, 4 bedroomed house. A Heritage Statement was also procured from Jack Warshaw of Conservation Architecture and Planning, making a real team effort.
The council needed to be convinced that a community group would no longer be interested in the property and the applicant was able to marshal previous marketing particulars, which along with my convincing arguments about the community’s needs already being met by a village hall and other facilities.
Some minor adjustments were also made to address a neighbour’s concerns by setting the new extension slightly in from the common boundary.