Holiday flats plan at Sidmouth church that will become toy museum

PUBLISHED: 10:30 04 February 2018

Sidmouth URC Church. Ref shs 01-16SH URC Church-0632. Picture: Simon Horn

Sidmouth URC Church. Ref shs 01-16SH URC Church-0632. Picture: Simon Horn


The old schools rooms and the connecting building at Sidmouth’s United Reform Church will become flats if planning chiefs give the green light.

Applicant Ian Gregory told the Herald last year he wants to turn the Chapel Street church into a toy museum that is set to open at the end of 2019 or early in 2020.

The proposals for the remainder of the property, which dates back to around 1850, will create one one-bedroom flat and two two-bed flats for rental or holiday let.

The application says the work would have little impact on the main body of the buildings, with alterations largely focused on the internal layout and improvements.

The primary changes are the addition of six new Velux-style windows to provide more natural light and alterations to the door and window configuration on the eastern elevation to allow for improved access to the flats.

The parking spaces for nine cars would be retained.

Sidmouth Town Council’s planning committee will consider the application on Wednesday, February 7, before East Devon District Council decides its fate.

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