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Former places of worship offer divine development opportunities

The sale of two former places of worship will ensure property investors on a mission flock to the AJ Bell Stadium in Manchester for the next SDL Auctions North West auction on Wednesday 5 June.

The divine development opportunities are a former church in Warrington and a former chapel in Boston, both offering a host of possibilities, subject to the usual planning consents.

The semi-detached Baptist Chapel, 31 Charles Street, Golborne, Warrington, which has a *guide price of £55,000+, offers single-storey accommodation split into the main chapel, community room, kitchen and vestry. Outside, it has a small garden on three sides of the building.

The property sits behind a low wall on a residential street close to the high street in the industrial town of Golborne, with supermarkets, schools and other amenities close by, plus excellent transport links to Warrington, Manchester and Liverpool.

On the opposite side of the country, the former Restore Church, Station Street, Boston, is another heavenly opportunity for a property developer with a guide price of £101,000+.

The substantial freehold property, which has gas central heating and double glazing, includes a lobby area, office, main hallway, two store rooms, rear lobby, kitchen and toilets.

Within easy walking distance of both the railway station and bus station, public transport links are excellent, and there are major high street shops, restaurants and takeaways just a few streets away. There are several schools nearby, along with the popular Central Park, a focal point of the town and home of events such as markets, children’s activities and outdoor cinema screenings.

Andy Thompson, head of residential auctions at SDL Auctions North West, said: “Both of these properties are exciting opportunities to breathe new life into old buildings, with the necessary planning permissions. The Golborne chapel is an attractive building which would lend itself to a variety of uses, while the former church in Boston has already attracted a great deal of local interest as it is such as well-known building in the area. It is well placed to be developed into a rental property, especially with the Boston West Hospital being just a 10-minute walk away.”

Both properties are due to be sold at SDL Auctions North West’s June auction at the AJ Bell Stadium, Manchester, on Wednesday 5 June. Entries are still being invited for the auction and Andy added:

“There is no typical auction property, we sell all kinds of properties, including houses, flats, commercial buildings and plots of land. It’s a very popular method of sale for a number of reasons, not least the transparency and speed of transactions, with no drawn-out chains or unexpected delays.”

To find out more about selling at auction, or to book a free auction appraisal, click here or call 0116 774 7333 to speak to the auctions team.

* Each property is subject to a Reserve Price which may be different from the Guide Price. For full definitions see www.sdlauctions.co.uk/glossary.