A planning application has been submitted to convert the former Capel Pendref in Bangor into five self contained flats with ‘open-plan’ office space on the First floor. In accordance with local planning policy, for residential use within the City of Bangor, one of the units would have to meet the affordable housing threshold.
The historic chapel on Bangor High Street, which is Grade 2 Listed, was built in 1882 to the design of architect Owen Williams of Bangor, following a split between members of the York Place Ebenezer Chapel congregation in 1879. The Royal Commission on the Church of England and Other Religious Buildings in Wales and Monmouthshire in 1905 records the chapel as having seating for 600, and the value as £3500.
The chapel which is built in the classical style with two storeys, a gable entry plan and large pane round-headed windows. Pendref was reunited with Ebenezer Congregationalist Chapel, York Place in 1967 when the York Place Chapel closed.
A Heritage Impact Assessment supports the development of Capel Pendref, stating that it’s “a good example of Grade II listed classical style chapel and will benefit greatly from a full restoration scheme and development that will extend its life in perpetuity.”
The applicant has looked into a number of alternative uses form just storage for his current businesses to a restaurant / bar and entertainment centre. However in researching similar conversions, the proposal for conversion into residential with co-working space is a considered to be a sounder proposal for the building as there is a demand for one bedroom studio type apartments in the centre of Bangor.
The applicant has converted and restored a number of historic buildings and has the ability and skills to undertake a sensitive restoration and conversion. The planning application is also supported by The Bangor Civic Society.