Church Buildings Review
This reveiw was jointly commissioned by the Church Commissioners and Archbishops' Council and produced by a working group chaired by the Bishop of Worcester (lead bishop on church buildings). The report is available to download here.
The report generated considerable press coverage from the front page of the Telegraph the following day, to opinion articles by Giles Fraser and Simon Jenkins, and a supportive letter from Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England.
In November 2015 Synod unanimously approved, with amendment, The motion of Bishop of Worcester:
‘that this Synod, acknowledging both a blessing and the burden of the Church of England’s stewardship for so many historic buildings:
(a) welcome the report from the Church Buildings Review Group;
(b) commend it for discussion in dioceses, deaneries and parishes; and
(c) invite the Archbishops’ Council, the Church Commissioners and the Church Buildings Council to work together on the detailed implementation of the proposals in the report so as to enable the Business Committee, in the case of those proposals which require legislation, to schedule the start of the relevant legislative process by July 2016.’
For further information please see the Church of England's press release here.
The consultation period for the Review closed on 29 January 2016.