A historic church transformed into a recording studio

Plans to convert a historic church into a recording studio have been backed by Sefton Council.

Plans submitted by Burscough-based developers 1880 Ltd include a recording studio and event space. The site for the development will be at Crossens Methodist Church on Rufford Road in Southport.

The proposal includes using the outdoor space at the front of the existing building for community events. The area would be used for events such as Christmas carols as well as social and annual gatherings.

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The space will also have a small food and beverage cart outside the building as well as a food delivery service. Sefton Council’s report said: “The recording studio and roof slope skylights are part of the approved development secured by the 2021 planning permission. This included noise control measures to protect nearby residents. against serious damage.

“The food delivery service would be integrated into the ground floor of the existing building. There will be no on-site pickup and delivery times may be conditionally controlled to prevent significant damage to neighboring properties.

“The proposal includes using the outdoor space at the front of the existing building for community events. The applicant indicated that the space would be used for activities such as Christmas carols as well as social events and annual gatherings.

“This space would not require the installation of any permanent features or infrastructure, and it is expected that events will be served by a small food/beverage cart.”

Crossens Methodist Chapel was originally a Free United Chapel built in 1879-80. It became part of the Southport Circuit of the Liverpool Methodist Church district.

The report reads: “The building is considered an undesignated heritage property. The proposed development does not propose any significant external changes and the Council’s Conservation Officer has no objections to the development.

“The proposed development would not deviate significantly from that already approved (2021 permit) and implemented on the site. The development is small-scale and subject to appropriate conditions, it would not have an unacceptable impact on the living conditions of the occupants of neighboring properties and would not be detrimental to the character of the residential area.”

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