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Plans to turn former Methodist chapel into five-bed house

PUBLISHED: 11:30 24 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:40 24 October 2018

Plans would see the former primitive Methodist chapel in Kenninghall expanded into a five-bed property. Picture: Google

Plans would see the former primitive Methodist chapel in Kenninghall expanded into a five-bed property. Picture: Google

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Plans to build a large extension to a historic former South Norfolk chapel turning it into a five-bedroom house could be set to be rejected by planners.

The former Methodist chapel in Kenninghall dates from 1953. Picture: GoogleThe former Methodist chapel in Kenninghall dates from 1953. Picture: Google

Proposals for the two-storey expansion of the former primitive Methodist chapel on East Church Street in Kenninghall have been recommended for refusal when they come before Breckland District Council’s planning committee on October 29.

Opened on 16 October 1853 the chapel hosted sermons preachers from across South Norfolk until it closed in 1948 after which it was used as grain store.

It has more recently become two-bedroom home but the new plans would significantly increase its size prompting objections from the council’s historic buildings expert.

Plans for the expansion of the former primitive Methodist chapel in Kenninghall. Picture: Breckland CouncilPlans for the expansion of the former primitive Methodist chapel in Kenninghall. Picture: Breckland Council

A report for the committee states: “The current proposals for further enlargement of the building are in excess of any earlier discussions at the time of the original application for conversion and would therefore detract from the special interest of the building and its original form.”

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