AN appeal has been launched after plans to demolish an empty gospel hall in Stroud and build a three storey block of flats were rejected in April.

Plans were submitted to Stroud District Council in February to build nine two-bedroom flats and one three-bedroom penthouse, with a lobby near the three way junction between Church Street, Brickrow, and Ryleaze Road.

The site lies to the north east side of Stroud town centre between Lansdown to the north and Brickrow to the south.

The designs included a car park with 10 spaces, with access from Brickrow, as well as landscaping work and spaces of bicycles.

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A notification letter confirming the appeal was released, it reads: "An appeal has been made to the Secretary of State relating to the site quoted above following the refusal of planning permission by this council.

"The appeal is to be decided on the basis of written representations and a site visit by an Inspector from the Planning Inspectorate."

Planning permission was refused in April on the basis that it "would not be compatible with the character, appearance and visual amenity of this part of Stroud."

Also due to the 'scale, design and orientation' of proposed building, it was thought it would be "unacceptably overbearing" for those living on Lansdown.

The third reason for the refusal was that the council didn't believe it provided enough parking spaces.

No date has been confirmed yet for the public inquiry, but comments can be submitted here on the planning inspectorate's website.

The deadline for comments is September 14, 2017.

The appeal reference number is APP/C1625/W/17/3177725.