Sale of St John’s Parish Hall, Whittle-le-Woods – Now Completed

June 10, 2019

Eckersley are pleased to confirm the completion of the sale of St John’s Parish Hall to Chorley Council that completed at the end of May. It is the Church’s intention to utilise sale proceeds to undertake essential works at the St John’s Church.

The Church hall has historically been used as a children’s nursery and for casual user groups associated with the Church for a period of time but more recently has had the benefit of full planning permission for the development of a new medical centre. This may include a new doctors surgery and additional essential services for the residents of the Parish in the future.

The property had been listed as an Asset of Community Value by Chorley Council who subsequently then went on to acquire the asset from the Church Trustees.

Philip Venables, the Vicar at St John’s, commented:  “The funds released can now be used for renovation work and improvements to St John’s Church. On both counts this is good news for our community as we desperately need an expanded surgery and the Church will be better suited to continue to serve the community in the decades to come”.

Andy Taylorson at Eckersley has added: “The sale has taken a while, as there were a number of complications that had to be managed from a legal and property perspective, but with excellent communication between the Trustees and their advisers, we have a achieved a sale that has proved that the Trustees’ patience and judgement has been well placed for the greater good of the community and the longevity of St John’s“.

The Church trust was represented by Nicola Beneduce and Simon England from Harrison Drury Solicitors.