A PLAN has been lodged to demolish a derelict Redditch church to make way for new homes.

A planning application has been submitted to Redditch Borough Council by Green Square Accord to demolish St Gregory’s Catholic Church and build 25 new homes on the site.

The homes would all be affordable, according to the planning application.

If passed, they would be built on the site of the church and adjacent land which is based on the corner of Winyates Way and Woodcote Close.

The site measures around 1.4 acres, plans state, while the church closed in 2005 and has not been used since its closure.

The applicant wants to build a mix of two, three and four bedroom houses.

The plan includes the demolition of the existing church and the creation of a new access road into the site.

It is proposed that the homes will be a mixed tenure community, made up of shared ownership, rent to buy and affordable rent.

The scheme would include 52 car parking spaces and one space for each home would include an electric vehicle charging point.

The plan would help reduce anti-social behaviour in the area, planning documents add.

The design and access statement states: “There have been several anti-social drink and drug problems around the building and land over the last few years, police incident numbers have been recorded in relation to these. In addition, the site has been subject to an enforcement notice requiring the previous owners to repair the building.

“This proposal for re-development of the land will see the current buildings demolished and the land cleared to form a new community which should reduce anti-social behaviour by opening the surrounding footpaths for natural surveillance.”

The application can be found on the Redditch planning portal under the reference 22/00333/FUL.