A HISTORIC Truro church is up for sale, with estate agents insisting the building must go to the best possible owner to ensure it still has a future as an asset to the community.
St Paul's Church on Tregolls Road was built in 1848, but over the past ten years has become redundant, leading to the Church of England putting the building on the market.
Duncan Ley, from Chesterton Humberts estate agents, said: "We will be interested in the financial backing of any potential buyer as the church wants a sustainable future use for the building, one that creates an asset to the city.
"In this instance the details of any potential offer and future use are far more important than the return from the sale."
The church closed in 2007 following years which had seen the size of its congregation dwindling and the costs of its upkeep rising.
At one point the church was even declared to be structurally unsafe.
David Watson, a spokesman for the Diocese of Truro, said: "When the building became redundant, the responsibility for repair was assumed by the Church Commissioners.
"They pursued various options for alternative uses but one by one these fell through, so the decision was taken to place the premises on the open market."
The grade two listed church was built to cater for the expansion of the town centre to the east and measures 34 metres by 16 metres, but is in need of substantial repair.