AN EXTENSION has approval to a Grade II* listed medieval sandstone parish church rebuilt by noted Chester architect John Douglas in the 19th century.
The extension, to provide a meeting room for 40 to 50 people, toilets and improved heating, has permission at St Alban’s on Church Bank, Tattenhall.
Designed by Knutsford based architects and historic buildings consultants Graham Holland Associates, the proposed new building, costing almost £200,000, follows discussions by the church which felt it could not seek to accommodate the needs of the village without a significant improvement to the facilities it offers.
The lack of toilets was said to be preventing people from attending.
The church is set in Tattenhall Conservation Area.
A decision was taken to extend, rather than to rearrange the accommodation and rebuild the building’s distinctive Shropshire design porch, said to be rare in Cheshire, to ensure that space for the growing congregation is not limited in the future.
The single storey extension will have a pitched slate roof and stonework walls with a new gravel path.