Arklow Christian Church receives planning permission for new church


Arklow Christian Community Church International has received a building permit to develop the Chapel of Saint Marys and Saint Peters Convent, Saint Mary’s Road, Arklow as a new base for its church.

he convent chapel was purchased in August by the Church which has used Glenart College as a base in recent months.

Buckley Partnership Architects submitted the application to Wicklow County Council on behalf of Arklow Christian Community Church International.

Authorization has been requested for the restoration of the existing windows, the reconfiguration of the non-original internal partitions, the provision of a new accessible entrance at the rear of the church, the provision of a new platform lift, the provision of a raised floor to part of the main building space of the church to unify the floor levels, provision of restrooms, an accessible washroom and an associated reception hall, provision of a tea, supply of a door to the courtyard garden, supply of a new access door to the choir balcony and addition of a safety handrail to the existing choir balcony.

The building permit was granted on the condition that all work be supervised by a conservative architect.

This building permit primarily includes conservation and restoration work on the St. Marys and St. Peters Chapel and Hall, built circa 1930. It is located on the east side of St. Mary’s Road in Arklow. It was the space of the chapel and the convent hall and served the old building of the adjacent convent, now separated and converted.

The conservation principles state: “Throughout the project, the conservation principles” repair rather than replace “,” minimal intervention “,” honesty in repairs and modifications “,” use of appropriate materials “and” reversibility of modifications’ should be used.

“Where possible, items will be repaired rather than replaced. Work and repairs to various elements will only be undertaken when necessary to protect and maintain the original structure and / or when required as an essential part of the protection of the original structure.

The planning received no objections from the District Engineer, the Roads Department or Irish Water.

The planning received a number of third party submissions and the planner’s report requested further information on the use of the building, exterior ground level changes, sufficient parking availability and details of the finishes for the entrances. , door handles, etc.

Arklow Christian Community Church responded to every item and said there was no change in the use of the building. The church received approval from St Mary’s College to complete exterior earthworks for an accessible front door.

The church said the availability of nearby parking is well established and new contemporary style security features will be used where appropriate for door handles, architraves, etc.

The planning authority was satisfied with these responses.


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