A FORMER church and Sunday School in Ashton-under-Lyne is to go under the hammer at auction.
The Welsh Wesleyan chapel, on Mill Lane, has a guide price of £150,000 before it is sold on July 18 and 19.
And as it has already been subject of planning permission being granted to demolish it and build 35 apartments on the site, it is likely to attract interest from developers.
Built in 1877, the building has been empty for some time and is in a state of disrepair. However, some of its current façade may be retained.
Auctioneers Pugh describe it as: “A potential re-development opportunity comprising a substantial former school building on the outskirts of Ashton town centre.
“The property has benefitted from previous planning permission to demolish the existing building and construct a new development housing 35 apartments comprising a mixture of one and two bedrooms, which has since lapsed.”
Tameside Council granted planning permission on December 8, 2006, to convert the property into 23 one-bedroomed and 12 two-bedroomed apartments but nothing was ever done.
And any new buyers have been encouraged to contact the authority of they plan to turn the structure into accommodation.
The Welsh Wesleyan movement was more aligned to the Methodist movement in England, rather than the majority Calvinistic Methodists in the principality.