CONSULTATION has begun on plans to convert a former methodist chapel into homes.

Prudhoe Community Partnership and Karbon Homes have outlined proposals for Ebenezer Chapel in West Wylam to be turned into five affordable apartments.

The former 19th Century methodist chapel was listed for sale as a 'development opportunity' early 2021.

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The Miner's Lamp charity fundraised to buy the site after it was announced it was for sale, with plans to transform it into a community hub.

“We’re excited to be sharing our proposals for this community-led development, working closely with Prudhoe Community Partnership and other key partners to ensure the project brings long-lasting benefits to the local community", said Karbon Homes' development manager Vince Walsh. “Providing more affordable homes that meet the needs of local people is something we’re really passionate about and we hope the community will welcome this conversion.” 

Prudhoe Community Partnership chair Caroline Warburton added: “Not only are we bringing the Ebenezer Methodist Chapel back in to use, a heritage landmark that has sadly stood empty for a number of years, but we’re also developing much-needed affordable homes in the town. It’s a real win-win for West Wylam.” 

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The proposals outline plans for four two-bed flats and one one-bed flat suitable for a wheelchair user. All of the properties will be managed by Karbon Homes and available for rent. 

The conversion would see the structure and external façade of the chapel preserved but an extension will be attached to the west side of the chapel in-keeping with the look of the existing structure.

The development of the flats will be supported by funding from Homes England through Karbon’s strategic partnership with the Government’s housing delivery agency. 

Feedback on the plans can be left online at or in person.  

The plans will be on display at the former Hays Travel shop The Hub on Prudhoe's Front Street from March 6-12.

Sessions where planners will be available to answer questions will also run on March 7 between 6pm and 8pm and March 11 between 10am and 12pm.