(previously known as English Heritage)
Under the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules (FJR) cconsultation with Historic England must take place for any work on a grade I or II* building if any works
- involve alteration to or the extension of a listed building to such an extent as would be likely to affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest.
In the case of a grade II listed building English Heritage should be consulted on works
- which comprise the demolition or removal of all, or a substantial part, of the structure of the interior (including any principal internal elements such as staircases, galleries, load-bearing walls, floor or roof structures and major internal fixtures such as pews, screens and organs).
Historic England should also be consulted on works that are likely to affect the archaeological importance of any building or archaeological remains within the building or its curtilage.
So far as possible, any consultation should take place before intending applicants seek the advice of the Diocesan Advisory Committee.
From12 October 2015 Historic England will offer up to 15 hours of free pre-application advice but charges will be incurred for their work beyond this time.
It is anticipated that for the vast majority of faculty applications, the consultation with HE will come well within the 15 hours. It will be only the most complex of cases that incur greater time and, therefore, cost.
Further information will be posted on Historic England’s website.
The Arthur Rank Centre has resources on its website. They are outcomes of the Rural Life and Faith Project run by Simon Martin. Resources for Rural Places of Worship (buildings compendium)