Bid to turn Axminster United Reformed Church into art gallery is withdrawn

Plans to transform the shut United Reformed Church in Axminster into an art gallery, studio and residential accommodation have been withdrawn.

East Devon Reporter 

Proposals for the Grade II listed building, in Chard Street, were submitted to East Devon District Council (EDDC) in March.

Blueprints stated there is a ‘low probability’ the ‘redundant’ premises will be used as a church again and it would need ‘extensive modification’.

They had vowed every effort would be made to ‘retain the character of past use’ and to ‘achieve a modern interior that is synonymous with an art gallery design’.

No reason has been given in the withdrawal as to why the scheme – which would have seen a gallery and artists’ studio created on the ground-floor and accommodation on the first-floor – has been shelved.

Applicant Mr Neil Burford had asked for permission for a change-of-use and to convert the building.

The plans had stated: “The building is unlikely to be used as a church again.

“The opportunity now exists to convert the building to provide a gallery, studio and residential accommodation above. The new gallery and studio will provide a benefit to the local community.

“The building is currently redundant and should now have a different use.”

The application was withdrawn on April 21.