Weymouth's Prayerhouse set to be demolished

Weymouth's Prayerhouse set to be demolished

Published by George Sharpe at 3:18pm 16th October 2019. (Updated at 6:33am 17th October 2019)

A Weymouth fire-damaged church on the town’s gasworks site is expected to be demolished.

A prior notification notice has been lodged with Dorset Council for the former New Covenant Church prayer house off Newstead Road which comes within the Weymouth Gasworks site.

The red brick building was originally used as a depot and offices for the gasworks with a change of use in 1997 for church use.

Photo of Prayerhouse Church demolition
The building's café, used previously by Soul Food Soup Kitchen was destroyed in a fire earlier this year.

It was later renamed ‘The Prayerhouse’ but was damaged by fire in April 2019 and has been vacant and in a dangerous condition since then.

The application has been lodged in the name of the National Grid and is expected to be decided under delegated powers by a planning officer.

Demolition to ground level is expected to take about seven weeks, if agreed.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter

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