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Public urged to give views on proposed demolition of Broughshane church hall

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Public urged to give views on proposed demolition of Broughshane church hall thumbnailFirst Broughshane Presbyterian Church Hall which is in the spotlight. The church wishes to demolish the buiding to make way for a replacement. GB03678 p3

A PLANNING application by First Broughshane Presbyterian Church to demolish its church halls and erect a new building in its place has caused an outcry in the community, from some local people who want the historic building retained.
The church has a current application with planners to demolish the existing church halls, session house and No. 58 Main Street, and construct a new replacement hall with ancillary accommodation.
However, some local people have contacted the Guardian to voice their disappointment that the Broughshane landmark is set for demolition.
The hall was designed in 1929 by well known architects Young and Mackenzie and is a distinctive whitewashed building with dressings and quoins picked out in black and features a Palladian window in the principle gable.
Sitting on the main street in Broughshane, many people are familiar and have an association with the building as there are graves in the grounds.
The hall avoided becoming a Grade two listed building when Mid and East Antrim rejected the application last summer, after The Northern Ireland Environment Agency argued that the hall had architectural and historical merit.
The plans for a new hall will see the original building flattened and a new, modern one built in its place.
The public are encouraged to register their support or objections in writing to the planning office no later than this Saturday, January 21.
When The Guardian went to press, a total of 12 objections had been lodged with planners and two letters of support.
The reference number for the case is LA02/2016/0968/F with more information available at www.planningni.gov.uk

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