St Mary’s Parochial Church Council (PCC) have announced the sale of St Mary’s Church Centre. The building, which until 2014 was used by a local Pre-School but has since been mostly vacant, has been sold to Oberon Prime LLP.
The PCC set a number of conditions for the sale and, following a busy bidding period, the PCC accepted an offer from Oberon. Based on the information available, the PCC judged Oberon’s bid to be the most secure in meeting all the conditions of the sale.
The building was put on the market after Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council approved a planning application from the PCC to redevelop the existing building with the intention of protecting its sense of history for the community. The plan protects the current structure which will be redesigned to accommodate three homes with the construction of an additional dwelling at the rear.
Rev David Green, Priest-in-Charge of St Mary’s West Malling, has said:
“Throughout this process, we have worked hard to ensure a sustainable future for a building that we cannot afford, which nevertheless is an important landmark to many residents in West Malling. I am thankful to the local community for their positive engagement throughout this process. As new neighbours, we will continue to be interested in Oberon and how they take the site forward.”
The PCC expect to use the proceeds of the sale to invest in the main church building at St Mary’s where facilities for children, the elderly and the disabled are particularly needed.
Please note Diocesan press contact information as follows:
Lindy Mackenzie, Diocesan Office, Boley Hill, Rochester, ME1 1SL
Phone: 01634 560000