PLANS to turn former Whitchurch school rooms in a Grade Two listed building into flats have been withdrawn.

Developer, Christian Gregory-Peake, from Tower Developments, sought permission to turn part of the United Reformed Church in Dodington into four flats along with car parking.

But withdrew the plans yesterday (March 2).

No explaination was given by the applicant as to why it had been withdrawn and there were no comments from either the public or Whitchurch Town Council expressing support or opposition to the proposal.

Shropshire Council's highways department said: "There are no objections subject to the development being constructed in accordance with the approved details.


"From the highway perspective, the proposal raises no highway objections subject to the conditions listed being included on any approval.

"There are no sustainable highway grounds upon which to base an objection."

The applicant had intended to remove the organ from the church, but no objections to that were made in the heritage impact assesment.

That report said: "The organ is a historic fitting situated in an purpose built organ loft.

"As an organ it is not reckoned by the church organ builder Peter Spencer to possess any historical distinctiveness.

"The chapel no longer functions as a place of worship and the organ is therefore no longer functional, but while the main chapel space might be sympathetically repurposed it is difficult to conceive of an alternative purpose for the organ."