North Northamptonshire Council’s Local Area Planning Committee turned down the application for the former heritage centre in High Street at its meeting yesterday (June 10).
The committee also refused a second application for listed building consent for the conversion of the building. Both applications had been recommended for approval subject to conditions.
A report to the committee stated that Finedon Town Council objected on the grounds of the ‘inappropriate use of the listed building, the ground surrounding the property being a graveyard and the property being next to a school on a blind bend without any off-street parking.’
One letter of objection was received by the council from an occupier of a property in the vicinity of the site on the High Street.
The objection was summarised as raising the following issues: Visibility would be worsened by on-street parking by the site; Consider the study to be a second bedroom and so possibly more cars; Concern about the narrow gap between the rear extension and the listed barn wall which would attract debris and not allow room for maintenance of the wall.
A former Quaker Meeting House, the building was listed in June 1970 as ‘John Drage Chapel of Rest and attached walls’
Within the site to the east of the building is a burial ground associated with the former use of the site as a Quaker Meeting House.
Finedon Local History Society was set up in 2000 and started using the building a year later.
It stopped using the premises in 2019 and moved over to the Mission Room in Well Street where it has been based since.