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Willenhall chapel could be converted into apartments

By Jordan Harris | Willenhall | News | Published:

An old Willenhall chapel could be converted into apartments.

The run-down chapel

Plans have been submitted to Walsall Council to allow developers to convert Providence Baptist Chapel.

The chapel, on New Road, Willenhall, was built in 1879 and was in use until 2008 when it was forced to close due to a dwindling congregation.

In July 2016 plans to turn the site into a 14-bedroom house in multiple occupancy were refused due to concerns over parking and a potential increase in anti-social behaviour.

However, new plans have been put forward to the council's planning department by Thorne Architecture to create eight one bedroom apartments with parking.

The firm say their plans will help to arrest the 'ongoing decay' of the building, which had been in the process of being converted from a chapel to a home.

"The building was previously occupied by an individual who had commenced the conversion of the chapel into a house," a design and access statement said.

"Externally the grassed area and shrubs present in 2003 have been replaced by a wasteland and storage area for building materials."

Jordan Harris

By Jordan Harris
Senior Reporter - @JHarris_Star

Reporter covering Staffordshire/Walsall - also a keen gig goer

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