A disused former chapel in Herefordshire could be the latest former place of worship in the county to become a home – with a further house in its grounds.

Mike Wilding of Vowchurch has applied for planning permission (number 240652) to covert the 19th-century Primitive Methodist chapel in the Golden Valley hamlet.

Last used for worship around 50 years ago, the red-brick chapel with slate roof has been a car repair workshop since the early 1980s.


To this end, full-length windows in the front wall were replaced with garage-type twin doors, according to the application.

These windows would be reinstated and a new porch added to the front, while a larger extension to the rear of the building would house the lounge.

It appears from plans that a new floor and stairway would be created within the chapel building itself.


Like the proposed new two-storey house in its grounds, the chapel would have roof-mounted solar panels fitted.

Each property would have three bedrooms and two parking spaces, and would share a new vehicle access onto the unnamed cul-de-sac in front.

While the chapel is not heritage listed, the historic grade I listed St Bartholomew’s Church lies 40 metres to the south.

The Primitive Methodist Church was one of three branches of Methodism active in the 19th-century, later merging with the Wesleyan Methodist Church and the United Methodists to form the Methodist Church of Great Britain.

Comments on the planning application can be made via Herefordshire Council’s planning webpage until April 20.