How to Make Comments on a Church Closure or Alternative Use
If there is a proposal for your church to close and/or a
new use is being proposed, you can send comments explaining your
views to the Church Commissioners.
shows a quick breakdown of the draft scheme process. Details of the
procedure are also given below.
Stage 1: Public consultation
Anyone can make comments either for or against a draft scheme to
the Commissioners in writing or by email. A petition will be
counted as a single representation and we will only communicate
with the sender or the first signatory. Any comments received after
the notice period will not be counted. The date of the end of the
notice period will be printed in a local newspaper and a notice
will also be displayed locally.
To see a list of all the churches that are being considered for
closure and/ or alternative use, in addition to details of how you
can make comments, visit the Current Draft
Schemes and Orders page.
Stage 2: Consulting the Bishop and gathering further
If we do not receive any
representations against the draft scheme the Commissioners will
make the scheme, as long as any permissions are granted, e.g.
If we do receive representations against the draft scheme we
will ask for the Bishops views. Representations will also be sent
to the other representors and the Commissioners' Church Buildings
(Uses and Disposals) Committee. We will send representors a copy of
our communication with the Bishop and they will be able to make
further comments on any points they have already raised.
Stage 3: Committee meeting and
Buildings Uses and Disposals Committee (CBUDC) hold a meeting
to decide on the case if there are objections. From the 1 January
2016 not all meetings will be open to the public. The Commissioners
will decide whether to hold a public hearing on a case by case
If they decide to make a meeting open to the public, they will
let representors know the date of the meeting at which the case
will be discussed. Representors can then ask for permission to
speak in front of the Committee about their comments.
Our leaflet Your
Views Count explains how we will consider your representation
and how you can request to speak at the Committee meeting. It also
explains the rules which operate at these meetings. If you would
like to attend a meeting, please read Attending meetings of the Church Buildings (Uses
& Disposals) Committee.
The Church Buildings (Uses and Disposals) Committee will decide
whether the draft scheme should go ahead and might ask the Bishop
to look at it again before making a final decision.
Please note that the process for looking at representations only
applies if there is at least one representation against it. The
Committee will not have to look at the case if there are only
comments in favour of it. If you send comments supporting the
scheme, we will let you know as soon as possible whether we have
also received comments against it.
Provisional Committee meeting
dates for 2016
The provisional Committee dates for 2016 are
listed below. These will not necessarily all be open to the public,
but we will provide details closer to the time.
- Wednesday 13 April 2016
- Wednesday 11 May 2016
- Monday 6- Wednesday 8 June 2016 (Tour)
- Wednesday 13 July 2016
- Wednesday 7 September 2016
- Wednesday 12 October 2016
- Wednesday 9 November 2016
- Thursday 8 December 2016
For details of the location of the next meeting and to view the
papers for the meeting, please click here.