Baptists apologise over state of chapel
Baptists are apologising to villagers over the state of an
abandoned 19th century chapel after plans to replace it with
houses were thrown out a second time.
The chapel in Helmdon has fallen into disrepair since it was
closed over a year ago because it needed £100,000 in
But plans to demolish it and build two three-bedroom houses
have been rejected again by South Northamptonshire Council.
Another revised planning application will now be submitted.
The Rev. Phil Drage of the Tove Valley Baptist Fellowship,
which owns the chapel said it was sending a letter to residents.
"We will be apologising for the fact the chapel is in
a state of disrepair in such a significant place." he
"The chapel has been in the village for 150 years and
we don't want to let residents feel it's been left to ruin.
"We would much rather see two affordable houses that
the village needs. In the end something will give but we will
just have to wait."
Baptists now use the chapel in Weston, two miles away, which
is undergoing a £250,000 redevelopment.
Richard Bearman of Helmdon Parish Council said the plan for
two houses was too ambitious for the size of the plot.
Earlier plans to build a new chapel were scrapped because
of the lack of parking.
The Banbury Guardian - 26th May 2005