October start for Hyde church conversion

Manchester-based developer Nook & Key has been granted planning permission for a residential development within a grade two-listed former church and its grounds in Hyde.

St Stephen’s in Flowery Fields will be converted into sixteen luxury one- and two-bedroom apartments within the church, while nine three-bedroom and five four-bedroom family homes will be built on the adjacent site. Millson Associates is the architect.

St Stephen’s previously sat empty for five years before Nook & Key acquired the site. Now, after gaining listed building consent and full planning permission from Tameside Council, work on site is due to commence later this month.

Nook & Key has also secured £2.5m from the Greater Manchester Housing Fund.

Ross Gardner, director at Nook & Key, said: “We’re incredibly pleased to have gained planning permission for such a fantastic site. We have worked closely with Tameside’s planning department to ensure a sympathetic treatment of St Stephen’s Church and the surrounding grounds. Through the development of this grade two-listed building we are able to safeguard this beautiful piece of architecture for a new generation to enjoy and with the help of local councillors, Tameside Council and the Greater Manchester Housing Fund, we’re glad to have finally been given the green light.”

Ascend Properties is the letting agent.

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