Newall Church Hall Newall Carr Road Otley – Press Release
Newall Church Hall was built by Otley Parish Church in the late 1920s primarily as a Sunday School hall on the north side of the river, with other activities happening during the week. For the last twenty years the Church has had little need of the building, and it has been very under-used.
The hall has long been a drain on the Parish Church’s resources, so for the last two years the Parochial Church Council has been trying to obtain planning permission to redevelop the site with low-cost housing, but this has not proved possible.
The land on which the hall is located was originally donated by the Horton-Fawkes family of Farnley Hall to a trust which was set up for the benefit of the Parish Church. Some years ago the trustees formally transferred ownership of the land to the Parish Church.
The Hall and surrounding land has now been sold to a local business. The Church will thus be able to focus its resources on maintaining the Parish Church building on Kirkgate. It is Otley’s oldest and finest building – a Grade 1 listed building, but which has heavy maintenance costs met almost entirely by the Church’s congregation.
Over the years, many people have worked in a voluntary capacity to keep Newall Church Hall running and available for community use – we would like to thank them all.