This substantial late nineteenth century church is located approximately four miles to the east of East Grinstead and approximately ten miles to the west of Tunbridge Wells with a frontage to the A264 main East Grinstead to Tunbridge Wells road.Good shops, main line railway station (journey time to London about one hour), schooling and other facilities are available in East Grinstead. Gatwick Airport is about thirteen miles by car.
Constructed in a Gothic style, the building has elevations of local sandstone with bath stone dressings, diagonal bands and decorative flintwork with roof and spire covered in clay tiles with a two tone diagonal pattern. Windows are predominantly stained glass leaded lights set within stone surrounds and floors of solid construction with quarry tiles paving the aisles and raised timber platforms where benches are located.
The building has a net internal floor area of approximately 229 square metres (2465 square feet) and is accessed from the Lych Gate via a path within the churchyard. The layout is on one floor and provides: Two Porches, Nave,Chancel, South Aisle, Bell Tower, Vestry and external Boiler Room.
Mains electricity and water are understood to be available within the building. Central heating is via an oil fired boiler serving underfloor pipes and cast iron radiators. There is no foul water drainage for the property.
Town and Country Planning
The building falls within the Wealden District Council for planning purposes together with the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The 2013 Core Strategy of the emerging District Plan is the removal of settlement boundaries from the smaller hamlets and villages implying that such communities are within ‘open countryside’ for policy purposes.
The church building has a Grade II* listing. Listed building consent will be required for any change of use or alteration to the fabric of the building.
The present use falls within a D1 use class which also includes: medical and health services, crèche,day nursery, day centre, museum, public hall, library, art gallery, exhibition hall, non-residential and training centre, place of worship, church hall and law court.
Prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves that their intended use will meet statutory planning requirements. The planning authority in this respect is Wealden District Council, Planning and Building Control, Council Offices, Vicarage Lane,Hailsham, BN27 2AX. Telephone: 01892 653311. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fixtures and Fittings
The vendors reserve the right to remove any of the pews, the pulpit, the stone font and other furnishings prior to completion (subject to listed building consent where appropriate). The vendors also reserve the right to remove the wall mounted memorials prior to completion, together with the other contents in the church.
SALES INFORMATION NOTES
FORMER CHURCH OF HAMMERWOOD St.STEPHEN, EAST GRINSTEAD
Legal and General Note:
1. All offers received will be referred to the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee (DPMC). While the DPMC does not have a power of disposal, it will make a recommendation to the Church Commissioners who have power under the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 to prepare and issue a draft pastoral (church buildings disposal) scheme authorising the new use and disposal of the property.
2. In the event of that scheme becoming effective the Commissioners will be empowered to sell the property for the authorised use when the remaining statutory requirements are completed. The scheme will also free the property from the legal effects of consecration.
3. Until the scheme has been completed the Commissioners will not be in a position to proceed to contract.
Prospective purchasers are invited to submit offers, subject to the following rules and stipulations:-
1. Offers must be accompanied by sketch plans (which need not be detailed at this stage but which should outline the applicant’s proposals) and written details of the proposed use of the property.
2. The Vendors do not bind themselves to accept the highest or any offers.
3. The offer must state clearly the price which the applicant is prepared to offer for the property, and must be unconditional save for the condition that planning permission (and listed building consent) be granted.
Conditional acceptance of an offer will be subject to:
a) Completion by the Church Commissioners of a pastoral (church buildings disposal) scheme authorising the new use and disposal of the property.
b) Approval by the Church Commissioners of detailed plans and specifications of any proposed architectural or structural alterations following consultation with their expert advisers.
c) Compliance with the statutory requirements where human remains are present and disposal of any tombstones, monuments and memorials.
Covenants will be included when disposing of the property. These are designed primarily to:
Ensure the property is used for authorised purposes only.
Prevent unauthorised alterations ordemolition.
Protect against disturbance of any human remains, tombstones, monuments or memorials.
A set of standard covenants is available from the Agent. It may be that these covenants will be adapted in some cases to take into account particular circumstances.
Guidance on New Uses:
A leaflet giving guidance from the Church Commissioners for purchasers and lessees on new uses for closed church buildings is available upon request.