We’re now on the starting blocks for the rebuild – great news and everyone is delighted.
Planning Permission from East Hants District Council was granted on 28 June 2017:
In addition, we now have a “Faculty” (see below) from the Diocese of Winchester allowing us to proceed with the rebuild. The planning permission was a pre-requisite to obtaining this.
There is still much detailed work needed by the Architects before we can go out to tender for the actual building works. This is likely to take some months so please don’t expect work to start immediately.
Thanks are due to so many people for the work involved in getting to this point, but none more so than Andy Bonner who has worked tirelessly on this – coping with the huge and complex documentation and the many consultations involved.
Well done Andy!
What is a Faculty?
The faculty jurisdiction is the Church of England’s regulation of works to church buildings, their contents and churchyards. It ensures that churches are properly cared for, and that whatever is done to them is properly considered beforehand and carried out in the most appropriate way. The system recognises that churches are living buildings, many of which are of great historic significance but all of which exist for the worship of God and the mission of the Church.
A faculty is a licence to carry out work. Any work carried out in the absence of a faculty is illegal.