Former United Reformed Church Chapel at Whitfield
This following may be of interest to our members.
The controversial issue over the future of the mid-Victorian former United Reformed Church chapel at Whitfield is due to go before the Dover District Planning Committee on Thursday, February 25th. The meeting starts at 5.30pm.
DOV/20/00851 – Erection of three dwellings with associated access (existing church to be demolished) – Land at Whitfield Chapel, Chapel Road, Whitfield
The Dover Society is among those objecting to a proposal to demolish the chapel (provided years ago to replace a Congregational Church place of worship) and to build a terrace of three two-storey houses on the site. Whitfield Parish Council is also opposed.
One issue is what’s going to happen to the burial ground that is adjacent to the chapel. Some objectors are calling for the chapel structure to be converted to housing but experts say that project would not be viable.
If DDC’s planning committee gives consent for demolition and houses, it is likely around 20 conditions will be imposed.
The 2nd comment, in section 2.22, concerning the burial ground, of the report to the Planning Committee reads;
The existing burial ground is proposed to be left ‘for wildlife’ and managed by the future occupiers of the dwellings.
How this will be carried out is at the moment open to speculation.
The report has been marked:
Recommended for Planning permission be granted
The planning applications can be viewed in full on the D.D.C. Planning Portal on this link;
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DDC will publish a link on the page for the planning meeting on their website. You should join anonymously. When the meeting starts you will be let in. Always follow the instructions on screen.