Housing ‘opportunity’ for church site?

PUBLISHED: 06:37 05 July 2016

St Andrews Church, Congresbury

St Andrews Church, Congresbury

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A plan to convert Congresbury church buildings for a housing scheme have been unveiled.

St Andrew’s Church’s refectory and grade-I listed vicarage and grounds would be transformed to provide room for a cohousing scheme, if the initiative is backed.

St Congar’s Community Cohousing Project would look to create a 26-home site on the church’s land. Cohousing communities are traditionally run by their residents and feature a mix of private homes, centred around a shared space or common house.

A statement from St Congar’s said: “The vicarage will become the new common house and will have a communal dining room, sitting room, shared kitchen, office space and guest accommodation.

“The refectory and grounds will be able to be used by the community and for wider church and village occasions.

“The whole site is an opportunity to live simply and in the beautiful surroundings of both church and creation.”

St Congar’s also said it hoped the plans would help first-time buyers get onto the property ladder, while it also hoped some of the homes would be available for people to rent.

A spokesman for the project said: “The proposal is for forming an intentional community of all ages, where each resident will have their own private individual home and lifestyle, but will also have full access to a range of shared facilities, a youth hall, laundry room, post room, and a workshop.

“It will be a sharing and caring community where everyone makes an effort to know their neighbours and foster social interaction, not only in the immediate community but beyond.”

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