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Former Methodist church hall in Swadlincote up for auction and ripe for redevelopment

The hall of a former Methodist church in the Derbyshire town of Swadlincote is among the more unusual lots in Bond Wolfe’s next auction in December.

The property at the rear of 12 West Street in Swadlincote town centre comes with planning permission for redevelopment into three townhouses.

The former church building on West Street, with permission for eight luxury apartments, attracted a winning bid of £177,500 at October’s livestreamed auction event.

The latest plot has a guide price of £75,000-£85,000 and is also expected to attract highly competitive bidding when it comes up for sale on Wednesday 8 December.

Colin Totney, a land and development surveyor at Bond Wolfe, said: “The successful sale of the main former church building bodes well for this property.

“It comprises a lofty single storey brick building with a pitched roof which previously formed part of the church hall. It includes the main hall area together with a kitchen and a meeting room and in total has an internal area of approximately 2,144 sq ft (199.22 sqm) or thereabouts.

“Along with the main church buildings, this property was granted planning permission to create three town houses in November 2019.

“While it has potential for residential conversion it could have other uses, subject to obtaining the necessary planning permissions.

“This property offers an unusual investment and redevelopment opportunity in this historic Derbyshire village.”

The property sits in the Swadlincote Conservation Area. The original chapel was built by Wesleyan Methodists in 1816, was enlarged around 1823, then further extended in 1837, and subsequently rebuilt in 1863. It ceased being a place of worship in 2017.

Mr Totney added: “There are other business centres such as Burton on Trent, Derby, Tamworth and Birmingham around five, 15, 15 and 31 miles away respectively.

“The national motorway network is also easily accessible via junction 11 of the M42 which is about eight miles away.”

The former church hall in Swadlincote is just one property suitable for redevelopment in the lots that will appear in Bond Wolfe’s next auction which starts at 9am on Wednesday 8 December. The auction will be livestreamed via Bond Wolfe’s website with remote bidding by proxy, telephone or internet only.

For more details and to register to bid visit, or email, or call 0121 312 1212 or 01902 928 510.

Anyone with properties to sell in a future auction can arrange a free appraisal by calling the auction team or visiting

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