FLATS are to be built in a 209-year-old former Methodist chapel which has fallen into a state of disrepair and was damaged in a fire during lockdown.
Haughton Green Methodist Church, in Denton, is to be converted into homes under plans approved by Tameside council’s planning department.
The building on Two Trees Lane has not been used for worship since 2011 after it was vacated by the congregation.
Subsequently the former chapel, which was built in 1811, has become increasingly dilapidated, with part of the roof collapsing in July following a fire.
Plans to convert it into two four bedroom houses had been submitted and then withdrawn last year.
Now proposals by Ibrahim Janneh of Manchester company Demicon to convert the building into four, two bedroom flats have been approved by the local authority.
There had been concerns about the protection of the gravestones at the site under the redevelopment plans.
But the documents show these would be preserved, but moved to the rear of the site as part of the conversion proposals.
Denton South ward councillor George Newton said: “Haughton Green Methodist Church has been in a state of disrepair for several years since the congregation moved out of the building.
“It has exchanged hands a number of times with each potential developer not interested in the site’s historical importance nor having much regard for local neighbours.
“The new developer is in the process of creating four apartments out of the existing church building — we believe this to be the best option.
“The new plans are respectful to the community, minimise the impact on local residents and pay tribute to the church’s 200 year history by protecting the graveyard.”
The work would include the construction of a first floor extension, some alterations to the external elevations and new windows and brickwork put in place.
There would also be four new car parking spaces at the site, with access coming from Sunningdale Road.
According to the decision notice by council planners, the development must begin within three years.