THE site of a former Tarporley special school will become vacant again after a church decided to relocate.
For the last five years the old Brook Farm school, which closed in 2001, has been used by the Storehouse Church.
The building has been transformed into a thriving community facility and the church had ambitious plans to develop the Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) owned site through a ‘community asset transfer’.
But Pastor Gary Atkins says to invest in the building they would require a longer tenure than the annual offer of a 12 month lease, and admitted some services had started to outgrow the site.
As a result the church will move into a new headquarters in Winsford in October.
Sunday church meetings will be held at Weaverham High School from September, and the popular Little Stars mums and toddlers’ group will move to Eaton Village Hall.
CWaC hope to make an announcement soon on the future of the site, with one option being to sell it for housing.
Mr Atkins said: “We need a longer lease than what’s given.
“We’re going into a building where there’s already a busy community hub. It’s a good move for us.
“We’ll obviously be sad to leave the site. We’ve got a lot of friends in Tarporley.”
Councillor Les Ford, executive member for resources, added: “It is testament to its success that it has now outgrown this site. We have been working with the church to identify new premises to accommodate its needs while ensuring activities operating from Brook Farm can continue to be delivered locally.”
When Brook Farm closed it was initially thought Tarporley Primary School would move to the site, but after consultation it was decided there were insufficient funds for the move.
In 2008 a proposal was put forward to demolish the Brook Farm site buildings to pay for the primary school to move to a site off Nantwich Road, but those plans were pulled due to the level of opposition.