ONE of Liverpoolís oldest churches could be brought back into use as part of an ambitious redevelopment project which could cost up to £8m.
The Diocese of Liverpool wants to attract a congregation from the cityís new dockland area as well as younger churchgoers to worship at historic St Jamesís in Upper Parliament Street.
The plans for the 234-year-old landmark, would include a three-storey community centre, apartments and offices.
Almost £2m would be spent restoring the red brick church, which is described on the English Heritage ďat riskĒ list as being in a poor condition.
Part of the building would also be developed into a performance space.
A family fun day will take place on the site on September 13 when people will be able to hear more of the plans and have their say.
A Diocesan spokesman said: ďWe believe this to be the only time a redundant church has been brought back into use as a church rather than turned into a house or given another use.
ďItís very much a vision at the moment.
ďA business plan is being put together to put to the Churches Conservation Trust, which currently has ownership, to ask that we take back the church.
ďWeíre looking at it to be an evangelical church to connect with the growing residential population and those who work, socialise or attend university in the city.Ē continues >>