Development leaders approve plans to convert South Shields’ former church into a family home and preserve original stained glass windows

Earlier this year, South Tyneside Council’s planning department received an application for a site at Derby Terrace in the Beacon and Bents area of ​​the city.

The former Unitarian Church building was last classified as “mixed use”, with offices and workshops downstairs and an apartment above.

New plans aimed to convert the entire building into residential use to create “a single family home” over three floors.

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The works aimed to increase the number of bedrooms from two to four whilst also creating two en suite bathrooms and a new family bathroom through the extension of the ground floor area.

In addition, proposals included the reinstatement and restoration of an original stained glass main stained glass window, as well as a roof terrace and walkway to extend the basement, and the installation of an off-grid solar power system.

After reviewing the application, the planning department of the district council approved it on March 15.

A report prepared by planning officials claimed the plans were acceptable in principle and would cause “no significant damage in terms of noise or pollution impact”.

Development chiefs said: “The proposed changes to the exterior of the existing building would consist of the addition of windows and doors and the installation of solar panels.

“It is not believed that these elements of the proposal would affect the visual amenity of the area.

“Restoration of the stained glass window would be acceptable [and] The planned roof terrace, walkway and external staircase would be made of wood with a glass balustrade.

“It is understood that the roof terrace, walkway and external staircase would not significantly detract from the visual appeal of the area and that the materials used would be acceptable.”

The report added: “It is not anticipated that the proposed development would result in significant damage to neighboring properties in terms of overshadowing, overstepping or loss of view.”

According to plan, work on the former church building must begin on site within three years.

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