High Garrett, Braintree
| £650,000

Situated just outside of Braintree is this simply breathtaking converted chapel. Located on a plot of about 0.66 of an acre the freehold offers much potential for a variety of uses and possible re-development, subject of course to gaining the relevant planning consents. The chapel itself extends to around 540 square metres (5,800 square feet) overall and offers many character ornate features. The premises was let in 2015 on a 8 year lease to a Home Furnishings retailer which expires June 2023. Further information regarding the site's potential and the existing lease etc is noted below. Should anyone wish to visit the property it is our clients express request that appointments are made through Church & Hawes on 01245 225853.


The property is located just 2.5 miles from Braintree town centre which offers a wide range of local amenities including a High Street. In addition to this you can find George Yard shopping centre and the Freeport Designer Village on the outskirts where there are a great selection of shops & restaurants. Braintree and Freeport both offer access to a branch line railway station with links for commuters to London's Liverpool Street station, journey time approx 1 hour.

The Chapel & Grounds

The overall freehold is 0.66 of an acre. This is approximate and taken from Ordnance survey. The Chapel is situated in the centre of the site to the rear. Currently either side and to the front of The Chapel is extensive parking. There is open farmland to the immediate rear. Please note to the very left boundary there is a vehicular right of way granted to the landowner behind. This right of way hasn't been used for some years however is still legal.


The main chapel comprises two retail floors EACH of about 196 square metres (2108 sq feet). Further retail room to the rear of 93 square metres (1000 sq feet). There are a further three store rooms, office, kitchen, customer toilets. Total floor area is approx. 540 square metres (5,800 square feet).

Current Use & Lease Details

The Chapel currently houses 'Stone The Crows', a most fantastic homewares retail premises specializing in furniture, gift ware and home accessories. The present lease to the existing tenants was initially an 8 year term and currently terminates in June 2023. This lease must now run it's full course. The landlord and tenant have an agreement based on turnover, however the fixed base rate is £6,250 a quarter plus building insurance.

Planning History


In May 2007 Braintree District council granted permission for the following: 'Change of use of former chapel to A1 retail (home furnishings) incorporating alterations to car park layout and alterations'. This permission was exercised and still current today. All associated plans and documents can be viewed on Braintree District council's website. Application Ref. No: 07/01070/COU.

In May 2014 Braintree District council granted planning permission for the following: Use of building (A1) to general store (A1)/ cafe and gift shop. This permission expired after 3 years, however all plans and associated documents can be viewed on Braintree District council's website. Application Ref. No: 14/00716/FUL.

Potential of Re-Development

We have been advised by a local planning consultancy there maybe the possibility of re-developing the site for residential purposes. This would probably include conversion of the chapel to one or more dwellings and additional dwellings within the grounds. Of course this would be subject to gaining planning permission and any interested party would need to make there own investigations.

Of course, the freehold could suit various other purposes, all of course subject to gaining the necessary planning consents.

A recent application granted close by is Braintree Council reference 15/00901/FUL. This application granted in 2015 was for 'The erection of 8 no. dwellings consisting of 3 no. four bed and 2 no. three bed detached dwellings and 3 no. two bed terraced dwellings and garages and cart lodges at Land Between 90 - 92 High Garrett Braintree Essex'. This site was just over one acre.

Council Rates

According to Braintree District councils website the current rateable value is £24,250. Payments are made at £0.504 pence and therefore rates payable are £12,222 per annum.

Agents Notes

These particulars do not constitute any part of an offer or contract. All measurements are approximate. No responsibility is accepted as to the accuracy of these particulars or statements made by our staff concerning the above property. We have not tested any apparatus or equipment therefore cannot verify that they are in good working order. Any intending purchaser must satisfy themselves as to the correctness of such statements within these particulars. All negotiations to be conducted through Church and Hawes. No enquiries have been made with the local authorities pertaining to planning permission or building regulations. Any buyer should seek verification from their legal representative or surveyor.

Floorplan for High Garrett, Braintree