Friday 16th February 2018 was a very special day! That’s when Charnwood Borough Council granted Planning Permission for the proposed Church & Village Centre project!! Everyone is delighted that this key milestone has been passed. Heartfelt thanks are extended to the 100’s of people who wrote letters or signed petitions in support, or communicated their views in other ways.
The official letter (see Planning Approval Notice ) specified some quite reasonable conditions and the Project Group are already working on the next stages in the process. We now need to secure Listed Buildings Consent. This process is delegated to the Diocese where the listed building in question is a church.
This is quite an onerous process, and quite rightly so, given the extent of the heritage associated with our ancient church. The process will involve the commissioning of detailed surveys and conservation plans for works to the medieval church furniture and its ancient monuments. The plans for the extension must be detailed in every respect at this stage to reassure the decision makers including Historic England that the materials used will be sympathetic to the style of the main church and its setting.