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Statements of Significance and Need


ChurchCare provides forms to guide parishes in the compilation of their Statements of Significance and Needs. A simplified form for most works is available for these Statements, along with guidance to help their preparation.

The guidance can be accessed by clicking here, and should be read before the Statements are written.

The simplified form (which should be used for most projects except major complex ones or for highly significant church buildings) is available by clicking here.

ChurchCare would strongly urge that these documents are prepared at an early stage of the faculty process so as to help inform decisions and identify areas of conflict.

Statements of Significance and Needs must be accompanied by the Standard Information form 1A which will contain the basic facts about the project.

Click here to see how the Church Development Plan shows you how these fit into the process. However, you do not need to have a scheme in mind for Statements to be useful, as they will help you understand the potential and constraints of your building and site.

For major complex projects, i.e. the type of project which would normally require the compilation of a Conservation Management Plan (see below), an expanded version of the form should be used. Guidance on completing the version of the form intended for major projects is available here. The expanded form can be accessed by clicking here.

Conservation Management Plans

Some major churches are of such complexity and significance, or the impact of the project so large and/or controversial, that Statements of Significance and Needs may not be sufficient.

Where this is the case, the PCC or other body responsible for a church should consider producing a Conservation Management Plan. Click the link to find out more.