Plan to renovate and extend old Doncaster village church and build two houses in its grounds

Objections have been raised at plans to renovate and extend a run-down Doncaster village church into a family home.

By George Torr, Local Democracy Reporter
Friday, 11th October 2019, 1:05 pm
Updated Tuesday, 15th October 2019, 5:50 pm
The church and grounds where three houses are planned
The church and grounds where three houses are planned

Mick Taylor, from Taylor Made Homes Yorkshire Ltd wants to covert the International City Church on High Road, Warmsworth and build a further two four-bedroom houses on the same plot.

The development also includes nine parking spaces with access to the two homes coming from High Road and the converted church from connecting a dead end on Oxton Close.

The original application, which comprised of three houses and the converted church, attracted nine objections from nearby residents.

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Issues raised included access from Oxton Close, loss of privacy, pedestrian safety, impact on area’s character and loss of daylight to nearby properties.

The amended application scaling down the development did not receive any further comments.

The church dates back to the 1930s and was recently snapped up at auction.

Samantha Callear, a nearby resident who sent an objection into the council, said: “I would not support this application if the plans to build new vehicular access were through Oxton Drive.

“All new access should remain on High Road Warmsworth where it does not affect others. Oxton Drive remains a small

“I chose my home on this street as it was a quiet/dead end street where my children and animals were safe from traffic.”

Natalie Harrison, who also objected, added: ““We do not want our street being bombarded with traffic due to our children and pet cats who at the moment are in a safe enclosed cul-de-sac.

“We also do not want our quiet street to disturbed by building work for the foreseeable future.”

Planning officer Dave Richards, said: “Officers have identified no adverse economic, environmental or social harm that would significantly or demonstrably outweigh the benefits identified when considered against the policies in the planning framework taken as a whole.

“The proposal is compliant with the development plan and there are no material considerations which indicate the application should be refused.

“Planning conditions can be worded to make the development acceptable and would meet the necessary tests.”