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For Sale: £1,200,000

Westcliff United Reformed Church, Kings Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-sea, East Of England, SS0

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  • Area

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    10691Sq Ft

BEST OFFERS INVITED ON OR BEFORE 5.00PM THURSDAY 16TH DECEMBER 2021

This former Church and Meeting Hall are situated in a prominent position fronting Kings Road with residential housing to three sides and easy access to a range of local shops, café's and other facilities in Leigh. The Church closed in 2018 and the premises are now available for sale.

The two buildings are detached, interlinked and predominantly single storey. The Church and Hall are believed to have been constructed between 1913 and 1915 and are constructed of brick and ashlar stone with pitched timber truss roofs covered in slate tiles. Externally, the buildings are situated on a rectangular plot extending to some 0.42 acres with frontage of over 40 metres to Kings Road. There is a small off-road parking area between the Church and the highway.

Internally the Church is arranged in a typical open plan cruciform layout with a worship area, vestry office and toilet areas at ground and a gallery and storage area at first. The Meeting Hall is accessed via a front lobby/reception and there are additional rooms at first floor.

LOCATION
The property is located in Leigh on Sea, some two miles to the west of Southend on Sea and 0.5 miles north of Chalkwell Railway Station and close to the junction of Leigh Road and the High Street.

ACCOMMODATION
The accommodation is arranged as follows:

Ground Floor
Vestry and Worship Area 454.1 sq. m. 4,887 sq. ft.
Meeting Hall & Ancillary 383.5 sq. m. 4,128 sq. ft.

First Floor.
Tower and Gallery 61.6 sq. m. 663 sq. ft.
Meeting Room and Ancillary 70 sq. m. 753 sq. ft.

External Cellar 24.2 sq m 260 sq ft
Total GIA 993.4 sq. m. 10,691 sq. ft.

LOCAL AUTHORITY
Southend on Sea Borough Council
PO Box 5557, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue,
Southend on Sea, SS2 6ZF
Tel: 01702 215004 ext 5331
Email: council@southend.gov.uk

PLANNING
The last use of the Church was as a place of worship or Church Hall, which now falls within Class F1 of the Use Classes Order 1987. The Meeting Hall was last used as a child-care nursery which now falls in Class E. The buildings are considered suitable for use for purposes falling within Class E and F1 such as an office, clinic, health centre, crèche; nursery; sport and leisure or museum/gallery Alternatively, the property is considered to have significant potential for conversion or redevelopment as a whole or in part.

Potential purchasers are advised to contact the Local Planning Authority as regards alternative use options.

SERVICES
We have not tested any of the services and all interested parties should rely upon their own enquiries with the relevant utility company in connection with the availability and capacity of all of those serving the property including IT and telecommunication links.

TENURE
Freehold with vacant possession subject to a clawback provision in the event the purchaser secures planning consent for change of use to residential use within 20 years of purchase.

TERMS
The property is offered for sale by private treaty and offers are invited in excess of £1,200,000. Expressions of interest are sought. Potential purchasers who have registered with us will be advised of the sale process and timetable.

INFORMATION PACK
An information pack is available to download from our website at www.fennwright.co.uk/development

VAT
All prices are exclusive of VAT under the Finance Act 1989. Accordingly, interested parties are advised to consult with professional advisors as to their liabilities, if any, in this direction. The vendor has not waived their exemption to VAT.

VIEWING
Strictly by prior appointment with the sole agent:
Fenn Wright
20 Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1HL
01245 261 226
fennwright.co.uk
Contact:
Roger Hayward rphh@fennwright.co.uk
Louisa Hunt lmh@fennwright.co.uk

Features

  • Former Church with Alternative Use Potential
  • Prominent Edge of Town Centre Location
  • Established Class F1 and Class E Uses
  • Suitable for Conversion of Redevelopment STPP
  • Freehold with Vacant Possession

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