Developer shelves plans to turn church into apartments

The church on Lower Parliament Street

Plans to turn a Methodist Church in Nottingham city centre into 16 apartments have been shelved.

Hockley Developments revealed plans in late 2017 for the scheme in the Methodist Church on Lower Parliament Street. The developer had plans to include at least one stained glass window in each of the apartments.

However, the plans stalled after the plans became “challenging”, according to Alan Forsyth of Hockley Developments.

Speaking to, he said: “We agreed a price through Savills for [the property] 18 months ago, to buy the upper floors on a long lease, and upgrade the lower floor for the church to continue to operate there.

“Despite our best efforts, this became too challenging, and the church, as a charity were not ready to issue legal papers some 12 months later, and then requested we buy the freehold including a commercial shop within the freehold for a higher price.

“At this point, we reluctantly withdrew our interest.”

Last week, Hockley Developments, received planning permission to turn the three-storey Studio House in Mount Street into 31 apartments.