North Cowton, Northallerton, North Yorkshire


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GSC Grays are delighted to bring to the market the former church of St Luke's, North Cowton. Originally constructed as a pastoral centre for the Parish in 1968, St Luke's was consecrated for worship on 23rd October 1990, around the time that the Parish of The Cowton's was formed. The building is now formally closed for worship. Planning consent has not been sought but the site is considered suitable for a range of alternative uses subject to planning permission.


The church sits in an elevated position within the idyllic village of North Cowton and is accessed from the public highway by a set of steps.

The accommodation comprises an entrance lobby which provides access to a kitchen, boiler room, WC and vestry, to the north is the main hall accessed through large double doors. Stonework from a former medieval church in the parish was incorporated into the structure of the main hall and is of some significance, the Vendor reserves the right to remove this prior to a sale.

The church benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage and heating is provided by an oil fired system.

There is a Deed of Grant for a right to uninterrupted access and enjoyment to light to the windows in the west side of the property, and access with and without vehicles for all purposes to and from the property over and along the strip of land owned by the neighbouring property.

There is also a restriction on the adjoining property, restricting the height and location of new buildings for the benefit of St Luke.


North Cowton is a small village in a rural location approximately 8 miles from Darlington, 10 miles from Richmond and 9 miles from Northallerton.

The church is located to the northwest of North Cowton village green occupying a post code of DL7 0HE alongside the village hall. A nursery neighbours the property to the rear. A fence to the north separates the church from the adjacent residential property.


Access is provided from Holywell Lane. There is no allocated parking for the site, though public parking is available around the green located opposite.


No planning enquiries have been made with Richmondshire District Council, any change of the use will have to be discussed with them before putting forward an offer. Any proposed use will need to take into consideration characteristics of the property and its location, condition and setting.


The church will be offered for sale freehold with vacant possession upon completion.

Restrictive Covenant

The property is to be sold subject to the Church Commissioner's covenants which will be discussed with the purchaser but will include controls over the future use and alterations.

Rights of Way, Wayleaves and Easements

The property is to be sold subject to and with the benefit of all those Rights of Way, Wayleaves and Easements or quasai easements which may exist across the holding.


The site can be viewed externally from the roadside. For accompanied viewings and internal access to the church please contact GSC Grays on 01969 600120.


Marketing for this property is being undertaken by GSC Grays on behalf of the Diocese of Leeds and the Church Commissioners for England (charity registration number 1140097). On receipt of offers, the Diocese shall make a proposal to the Church Commissioners, who will determine the appropriate use and will act as the vendor. This process is governed by the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011.

Method of Sale

The site is offered for sale by private treaty, prospective purchasers are invited to submit expressions of interest incorporating the following information:

a)Proposed use

b)Proposed financial offer

c)Proof of available funds to meet the offer made

d)Details of alterations which you would wish to make to the building

e)Relationship to planning policy.

The vendor shall consider all bids against the following criteria:

1.Anticipated planning acceptability

2.The suitability of the use in relation to the previous religious use

3.Financial funds available

4.Impact on the building

Sale Process

Sale Process

The vendor will determine which if any bids shall be taken further. The vendor will expect to select one or more bids to be taken forward. The successful bidders will then be asked to make final offers including firm financial terms to cover the cost of any proposed alterations and evidence of the likely acceptability of the proposals by the planning authority.

The vendor may also seek assurance through a business plan or other information for the initial long-term viability of the proposals.

The Church Commissioners will sanction the disposal, in doing so they must undertake certain legal processes under the provisions of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011, including a statutory period of consultation before completing the sale of the property. Purchasers should be aware that those procedures will not commence until evidence has been supplied indicating favourable response from the planning authority. It is usual for any necessary planning permission to be in place before completing the sale.

Fixtures & Fittings

On acceptance of any offer the schedule of fixtures and fittings which are specifically included within the sale would be agreed. The vendor reserves the right to remove the fixtures and fittings in advance of any agreement and thereafter anything which is not in the schedule can be removed without notice in advance of the sale.


The maximum extent of the site has been shown on the attached plan for identification purposed only. The vendor will discuss the extent of the land which they wish to sell to the purchaser. This will depend on the proposed use.


Particulars were prepared January 2019. Photographs were taken July 2018.

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