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Planning application submitted for Castlehill Church in Forres

By Alistair Whitfield

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A planning application has been submitted to Moray Council to turn a dilapidated Forres church into a house.

Castlehill Church. Picture: Becky Saunderson.
Castlehill Church. Picture: Becky Saunderson.

The planning application is being submitted by Dr Charles Easmon who currently lives in London but aims to move up to Forres, having bought Castlehill Church in February.

Acting as his agents are the Urquhart-based architects Plans Plus.

The next scheduled meeting of Moray Council's planning committee is on Tuesday, November 16.

Castlehill Church has been out of use for the past 16 years.

It was originally built as a United Presbyterian Church in 1870-1 but closed as a place of worship at some point in the later 20th century.

The building was converted in the late 1970s or early 1980s and used as a church hall until closing in 2005.

The site was then bought in 2010 by a Wales-based health practitioner who had plans to develop it as a centre for the community.

However, it was put up for sale again three years later after she failed to get match funding.

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