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Praising God To Downward Dog: Niton Church To Become Yoga Studio

From praising God to downward dog, a former Isle of Wight church could be given a new, relaxing lease of life.

St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, on Rectory Road, Niton, has been empty for nearly 15 years after it stopped being used for mass or prayer meetings.

Now, after being on the market since September 2015, the building could be returned to community use, primarily as a yoga studio but also available to rent for events.

The plans have been put forward by local instructor, Emma McGillivray, of Ems Yoga.

Planning documents say the change would bring the 18th century building back into use, improve its neglected appearance, and puts an end to any deterioration risks.

No changes are proposed to the building, apart from a redecoration.

Permission had been given to convert the chapel into a house but was never carried out.

You can view the plans, 24/00442/FUL, on the Isle of Wight Council’s planning register. Comments can be submitted until April 26.

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