When St Nicholas's Church in the village of Tackley was left a bungalow by a generous benefactor, the PCC carefully weighed up the options. Though the house was structurally sound, it was in need of refurbishment and modernisation. Whilst having no desire to become property developers, the PCC decided that the most appropriate response to the gift would be to turn one house into three attractive, modern stone cottages. Two houses are to be sold to cover the cost of the development and one retained for church use and to rent out.
The houses are purposefully traditional in style so as to blend in with the characterful cotswold village and gain support from planning officers and neighbours. Each house is a good size; two have three bedrooms and the middle house has four. Each has off-road parking for two cars, access from front to back garden and open-plan ground floor layout.
This is a good example of a church investing wisely; the site has been developed sensitively, providing the village with three attractive homes in place of the tired bungalow. The gift has been multiplied, ensuring that rental income will feed back into church mission for years to come.
Construction cost £600,000