Norwich Golden Triangle church on brink of being sold

St Peter's Methodist Church in Park Lane. Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

St Peter's Methodist Church in Park Lane. Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant

A Norwich church which was put up for sale because of its dwindling congregation is on the brink of being sold.

After the congregation at St Peter's Methodist Church, in Park Lane, fell away, it was put on the market a year ago for between £600,000 and £650,000.

Tom Corfield, from Hall Road-based surveyors Irelands, said there had been 'huge interest' in the site and agreement was now in place for the sale of the site.

He said: 'Due to Norwich City Council planning policy we were unable to do anything in terms of change of use to residential, for example, until the property had been marketed based on its existing use for nine months.

'The nine months ended in January this year and I am pleased to say that we do have an agreement in place for the sale of the site – subject to contract.

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'The purchasers are now making inquiries with the city council to find out what alternative uses may be.'

He said he was not able to reveal the identity of the purchasers or the sale price.

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While the building, designed by city architect Cecil Yelf, is not listed by English Heritage, it is locally listed, which gives it some protection against demolition.

The property is made up of three interconnected buildings with some construction dating back to 1894, although the church itself was built in 1939.

The former congregation at the church has amalgamated with the nearby Jessopp Road United Reformed Church.

What would you like to see happen to the church? Write, giving your full contact details, to the Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

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