Woolaston Common, Lydney, GL15

Guide price

Built in the 1800's this former Methodist Church is situated in a semi-rural location on the edge of Woolaston a pretty little hamlet located to nearby Lydney. OFFERS NOW CLOSED.


Woolaston Methodist church was originally built in the 1800's with solid stone elevations under a pitched tiled roof. There is a later single storey extension with brick elevations under a felted flat roof probably built in the 1960's.

The accommodation can be summarised as follows:

Ground floor porch to chapel 82sqm / 850sq.ft with windows to either side and pendant lighting.

Passage to cloakrooms and small kitchen fitted with stainless steel sink unit and wall and floor cabinets.

Steps up to hall 38 sqm / 390sq.ft including cupboards.

Outside there is a gravelled parking area with direct access onto an adopted highway.

There is a small amount of circulatory space around the building and no graveyard.

The building has been used as a place of worship which assumes class F1 of The Use Classes Order. This would also permit other community uses such as nursery school, museums, surgeries and similar.


Viewings are by appointment on Thursday 3rd March 2022 between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. (The site can also be viewed from the roadside). Please contact our Land Department on 01285 646770 to book an appointment.


The property is located in a semi-rural position on the edge of Woolaston, a hamlet located just off the A48 leading to Lydney 3 miles to the north and Chepstow 8 miles to the south. Gloucester is approximately 25 miles away. There is a shop, hall, parish church and public house in this settlement.


A planning application was submitted on 9th November 2021 to Forest of Dean Planning Department reference P1866/21/FUL for Change of use of former Methodist Church to single dwelling with associated works with demolition and replacement of modern extension and internal alterations to former Victorian church.

This was refused on 18th January 2022 and a full report can be seen on the planning portal and our data pack. In summary the proposal is considered to result in a detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the area through the introduction of a large extension on the side of a modest church located in the open countryside.

A bat survey and assessment report has been provided that states that the church is a confirmed bat roost for an individual common Pipistrelle and an individual Serotine bat, but also has evidence of an historic roost for Brownlong-eared bats. Insufficient information has been provided to demonstrate that the proposed development would not have an impact upon bats.

Despite this it is considered that the building does have the potential for a change of use for residential or commercial purposes, subject to the necessary planning permissions.

Interested parties should make their own enquiries with Forest of Dean planning department.


The property is held with freehold title and is not, as far as we are aware, subject to any leases or any Reverted Clauses.

We have assumed vacant possession upon completion of a disposal and as far as we are aware, there are no restrictive covenants relating to the property that will have any adverse affect upon its value or marketability.

We are informed that mains electricity, water and drainage are connected to the property.


Forest of Dean District Council


01594 810000


The land is offered for sale by informal tender.

Offers must be made in writing no later than Monday 21st March 2022 at the offices of Perry Bishop, 2 Silver Street, Cirencester, GL7 2BL.

These should be submitted on the offer form which is available from ourselves, so as to ensure that all information required is received. The offer may be returned by hand or posted to our Cirencester office or by email seantredgold@perrybishop.co.uk

It is the bidder's responsibility to ensure that their offer is received by the prescribed deadline, and the vendor is not bound to accept the highest or any offer. A decision will be made as soon as possible before or after the closing date, with all parties that have made an offer being notified accordingly.



Please note that a 50% overage will be placed upon the title, this will come into effect If planning permission is granted for commercial or residential use.

01285 238859

Perry Bishop and Chambers - Cirencester

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