A CHAPEL in Holywell which has not been used for a considerable time could be converted into an office block.

If a planning application submitted to Flintshire Council is successful the disused Pendref Chapel on Brynford Street will make way for an accountancy firm and car park.

But residents in Holywell, world-famous for St Winefride’s Well which is thought to have healing powers, do not appear to be too bothered by the loss of the chapel.

Holywell Central councillor Peter Curtis said it is simply a sign of the times.

He told the Leader: “Nobody has kicked up a fuss about it because it has been disused for quite a while.

“It is a sign of our times quite frankly that there are two things closing down these days – pubs and churches. They were two things in my father’s generation that would have been the most popular places.

“I would rather it be turned into offices than houses. I think an office would be more appropriate for the area.”

Planning permission to turn the chapel into flats was granted in December last year.

If the latest application is successful, developers Joel Properties Ltd, will knock down an outbuilding to make room for two cycle and seven parking spaces.

The business firm would be open from 8am-6pm.

Residents have until tomorrow to make objections to the plans.

For more information see flintshire.gov.uk