Comments are invited on plans for a new kitchen, toilets and meeting room in Heptonstall Methodist Chapel as part of plans to dispose of the Sunday School, and create modern facilities in the chapel.
The public consultation is being organised through the central Methodist Church. Listed building consent has been applied for to the central Methodist Church because they deal with applications through the Ecclesiastical Exemptions Act, instead of Calderdale Council.
Members of the public can comment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The kitchen and toilets would be in the vestry and storage rooms at the back of the church. Pews would be removed on either side of the pulpit to create a servery area and exhibition space on either side of the pulpit. Pews between the two entrance doors would be removed to make space to build a meeting room. Repairs to the roof are also planned.
The parish council has been invited to comment, and will be discussing the plans as part of a planning meeting outside Stone Slack at 7.30pm on Wednesday, June 15. The public are invited to attend.
English Heritage, the Victorian Society, the Ancient Monuments Society and others have also been invited to comment.
There has been considerable correspondence on this on the Heptonstall Comminity Facebook page, which the Parish Council might wish to peruse. Essential, the village needs to discuss and resolve what and how many social/community/cultural venues it wishes to have and can be sustained. Without such an overview, piecemeal decisions on individual buildings seem problematic.
Is the discussion meeting on Wednesday really meant to be outside Stone Slack? Seems unlikely!
Yes, the meeting is down to be outside Stone Slack, as it has been added to a site meeting for another planning application.