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Vol 23 No 4 April/May 2018

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Changing Churches: A Practical Guide to the Faculty System

ISBN13: 9781441156433
Published: June 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £40.00

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This book de-mystifies the whole process of carrying out works to churches. It explains what consents are needed; how they can be applied for; and on what basis applications are decided. The author explores many of the detailed issues that may arise in practice - whether the proposal is to move a shelf in the vestry or to embark on a major refurbishment of the whole church. Topics covered include heating, lighting, access for the less mobile, toilets, kitchens, security, storage, repairs and maintenance. The impact of change on the congregation is considered, as well as the particular problems that may arise where new facilities or new uses are introduced. This indispensable guide highlights issues to consider when contemplating changes and helps the reader to navigate the complex legal and practical processes involved in carrying out works to churches.

Ecclesiastical Law, Planning Law
1. Introduction
1.1 Consecration of churches and churchyards
1.2 The church as a local centre of worship and mission
1.3 The churchyard
1.4 Financial and practical constraints
1.5 The management of change
1.6 Buildings of denominations other than the Church of England
2. The need for consent
2.1 General principles
2.2 Introduction
2.3 The need for a faculty
2.4 The administration of the faculty system
2.5 The need for permission from the local planning authority
2.6 Other permissions and consents
3. Seeking a faculty
3.1 General principles
3.2 Consulting the DAC
3.3 Consulting the amenity bodies and others
3.4 The faculty petition
3.5 Publication
3.6 Faculties involving partial demolition
3.7 Objections and representations
3.8 Fees and costs
4. The decision on a faculty petition
4.1 General principles
4.2 Decision by the Archdeacon
4.3 Decision by the Chancellor on written representations
4.4 Oral hearings: preliminary procedure
4.5 Procedure at a hearing
4.6 Decision of the Chancellor following a hearing
4.7 Appeals
5. The planning system and churches
5.1 General principles
5.2 Planning permission
5.3 Listed building consent
5.4 Conservation area consent
5.5 Scheduled monument consent
5.6 Control of advertisements consent
5.7 Works to trees
6. The existing features of a church
6.1 General principles
6.2 Understanding the potential of a church building
6.3 First impressions
6.4 The main worship area
6.5 The chancel
6.6 Heating and lighting
6.7 Balconies, upper floors, galleries
6.8 Fonts, lecterns and other furniture
6.9 Sound and music
6.10 Memorials and banners
6.11 Art works
6.12 Bells and bell frames
7. General issues
7.1 General principles
7.2 Toilets
7.3 Kitchens, catering, flowers
7.4 Space for administration, preparation
7.5 Furniture
7.6 Unwanted items
7.7 Storage
7.8 Security
7.9 Repairs
7.10 Cleaning - maintenance
7.11 Unconsecrated buildings and land
8. New facilities
8.1 General principles
8.2 Seating
8.3 Worship
8.4 Baptisms
8.5 Use by specific groups
8.6 Large gatherings
8.7 Miscellaneous items
9. New uses
9.1 General principles
9.2 Worship
9.3 Shared worship with other denominations / religions
9.4 Midweek use
9.5 Secular uses
9.6 Leases and licences
10. Works affecting the exterior of the church
10.1 General principles
10.2 Repairs
10.3 Alterations
10.4 Extensions
10.5 Floodlighting
11. Reordering
11.1 General principles
11.2 Uses
11.3 Worship
11.4 Overall impression
11.5 Seating
11.6 Lighting
11.7 Heating, cooling
11.8 Sound system
11.9 Facilities for the young
11.10 Staff accommodation
11.11 Miscellaneous points
12. Burial and exhumation
12.1 General principles
12.2 Burial rights
12.3 Introduction of new monuments
12.4 Cremated remains
12.5 Exhumation
12.6 Re-use of burial spaces
13. Other works affecting the churchyard
13.1 General principles
13.2 Paths and car parks
13.3 Trees and bushes
13.4 Re-ordering of churchyards
13.5 Secular uses, wayleaves, leases and licences
13.6 Closed churchyards
13.7 Boundaries, walls and railings
13.8 Deterring unauthorised activity
14. Unauthorised works
14.1 General principles
14.2 Enforcement by the consistory court
14.3 Enforcement by the local planning authority
15. Redundancy
15.1 General principles
15.2 Redundancy
15.3 Total demolition
16. Cathedrals and ecclesiastical peculiars
16.1 Cathedrals
16.2 Ecclesiastical peculiars
17. Special cases
17.1 The Channel Islands
17.2 The Isle of Man
17.3 The Diocese in Europe
17.4 Wales

A. Categories of works not requiring a faculty
B. Conditions on faculties
C. Guidelines for monuments in churchyards
D. Instrument delegating authority to incumbent
E. Other sources of information
Table of references
Statutes and statutory instruments