Former Hyde VC church converts to flats
Monday 17th October 2016 13:20 Business Community Hyde News Posted by Nigel P.

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Planning permission has been granted to convert a grade two listed landmark church into flats.

St Stephen’s in Flowery Fields will be converted into sixteen luxury one and two-bedroom apartments within the church, while nine three-bedroom and five four-bedroom family homes will be built on the adjacent site.

The church is also adorned with a Blue Plaque that honours the bravery of Arthur Herbert Proctor who later became vicar of the church following active service during the First World War, in which he won the coveted Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest award for bravery.

Proctor was later ordained  as a priest and was vicar of the church from 1933 to 1944, the church also contained plaques to local war dead of both the First and Second World Wars.

Built in 1889 for the then substantial sum of £8000 Saint Stephen’s was first a chapel of  Saint George’s in Hyde and funded by a large endowment from the Ashton family which the novelist Beatrix Potter was a member.

In 1891 the church tower was completed and the church then became the district church for Flowery Fields and Newton, Hyde.

The church came into disuse in 2011, by which time it had been granted grade two listed status the church was deconsecrated and the building has been empty ever since.

Developers Nook & Key acquired the site and after gaining listed building consent and full planning permission from Tameside Council they are expected to begin work later this month.

The developers have also secured a £2.5m loan from the Greater Manchester Housing Fund to help finance the project.

Ross Gardner, director at Nook & Key, said: “We’re incredibly pleased to have gained planning permission for such a fantastic site. We have worked closely with Tameside’s planning department to ensure a sympathetic treatment of St Stephen’s Church and the surrounding grounds.”

Through the development of this grade two-listed building we are able to safeguard this beautiful piece of architecture for a new generation to enjoy and with the help of local councillors, Tameside Council and the Greater Manchester Housing Fund, we’re glad to have finally been given the green light.”