Disused Montrose Methodist Church could become high end homes

The disused Montrose Methodist Church.

The disused Montrose Methodist Church.

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The former Methodist church in Montrose could be turned into five high end properties.

The church, on the corner of New Wynd and Mill Street, closed its doors after 140 years in August due to dwindling congregation numbers over the years.

Methodists have worshipped in the town since 1835.

Montrose Methodist Church was built in 1874 to replace an earlier structure which was located on the corner of Market Street and Chapel Street.

A planning application has now been submitted to Angus Council to turn the disused church into five two-bedroom properties - three town houses and two flat - each with a bath or shower room and an open plan living space.

The church is rectangular with a gable frontage, and has Gothic details. Tooled sandstone blocks (quarry-faced) were used to build the church, with dressings and corner stones (quoins) in ashlar sandstone. The windows have small diamond panes of glass. There is a church hall to the rear.

The proposals are for the main church hall to feature independent mezzanine levels, housing a bedroom and an en-suite, which according to the design plan by local architectural firm John D Crawford Ltd will “take full advantage of space in the church” and will be placed as such to retain internal views of the ornate windows.

David Paton, architect, said: “There will be small changes to the rear elevation to make a doorway into the middle unit. The rest of the building will be retained and restored with specialists working on the retention and upgrading of the stained glass windows.”

The design statement states the architectural firm carried out a building report on the church and its halls which highlighted several issues, the main one being rainwater rhones and downpipes that are in “dire need of replacing”, as well as concrete along the former cast iron fenced area which was planted with bushes.

The design statement also states that the “windows throughout the church are in a very poor condition with the exclusion of the ornate decorative windows on the North Elevation.”

Mrs Rowley, who surveyed the windows, has suggested that it may be “acceptable” to replace the windows on the east and west elevations with carefully designed double glazed units.

Other issues include dampness and condensation, wet rot, fungal decay and the roof will need to be overhauled to bring it to a “suitable standard for domestic use”.

Mr Paton told us that if planning permission is approved they would hope to start building work this year.