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. They provide reasonable sized three and four bedroom houses, off-road parking and open-plan ground floor layout.
Floor finishes and driveways are due to be complete in March 2019 and the houses are now on the market.
This is a good example of a church investing wisely to benefit the community by providing much-needed housing accommodation, improving the street scene and producing financial return on the investment for years to come to feed back into resourcing the mission of the church.
Construction cost £600,000