Kingswood’s historic Whitfield Tabernacle to be brought ‘back to life’

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A derelict Bristol church built in 1741 is being turned into a community space as part of a new housing development in the city.

Crossman Homes will restore the grade-one listed Whitfield Tabernacle in Kingswood under the plans.

The housebuilder has also been granted planning permission and listed building consent for the conversion of neighbouring Kingswood’s Masters Church.

Masters Church will be converted into 19 flats, and there will also be three new-build homes and a park built on the site.

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Masters Church in Kingswood (Image: Business Live)

Crossman Homes is working closely with the Whitfield Tabernacle Trust to create the community space which it will gift back to South Gloucestershire Council on completion.

The company is also working with council planners and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to sympathetically restore and protect existing graves on the site.

 

Brad Hughes of Crossman Homes said: “We’re delighted to have been given the green light so we can begin building this incredibly exciting development. 

“The scheme will also create a brand-new open space for the community to enjoy so we’re looking forward to seeing that take shape.

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Inside Masters Church (Image: Business Live)

“And we’re honoured to be able to play a part in helping save the Whitfield Tabernacle, supporting the Trust bring this iconic building back to life.”

Cllr Toby Savage, leader of South Gloucestershire Council, added: “I am so pleased this application has been granted planning permission and that work can begin to recycle previously used land, delivering new housing, public facilities and ultimately a renewed and rejuvenated Tabernacle.

 

“These are major components of the council’s vision for delivering a community-driven transformation of Kingswood High Street, supported through [Tim] Bowles’ and West of England Combined Authority’s Love our High Street initiative.”

Work on the site, which has been derelict for years due to complicated planning issues and viability concerns, is expected to start in December.

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