The future of a dilapidated former Catholic church in the centre of Barnstaple could be decided within months. A final report outlining possible uses for the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Summerland Street has been considered by the church committee. In March, the Gazette reported that a draft options appraisal, produced by the Barnstaple Buildings Preservation Trust (BBPT) by historic building specialist Purcell and paid for with £18,000 funding from Historic England had identified a number of options to restore the 160-year-old Grade II listed building. Having seen the final report, the church committee has now given the trust until July to draw up a business plan and show that funding could be drawn down for the project. Jan Szymankiewicz, chairman of the church committee said: The preservation trust was more enthusiastic about the report than we were. It didnt really spell out the options in as much detail as we were expecting. We will continue to work with the trust in evaluating the options and what is required in terms of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funding organisations. But the ball is in their court to come up with a feasible business plan that we are happy with. If that is not the case then we will press ahead with the option of creating a community garden. The church has fallen into disrepair and has been dubbed an eyesore since its closure in 1984. Various efforts to demolish or repurpose the building have since failed. The latest planning application to overturn the listing, demolish the church to crypt level and create a community garden was submitted to the council in June last year but has been put on hold pending the trusts involvement.The report outlines a number of potential uses, including residential, community and commercial. The most important thing is the money, added Mr Szymankiewicz.We are talking about a really large amount something in the order of £1million depending on which option you look at. It will rely on lottery funding and money from other similar bodies. But if we can make it work we will have no choice. We wouldnt get planning permission for a community garden if there was another commercially viable option on the table. Mr Szymankiewicz said the committee would be meeting with the trust in two months. Hopefully by then well be very clear on the journey and what the next steps will be, he said.