Church hit by ap­peal over its ren­o­va­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

A Peter­bor­ough church is ex­pect­ing to spend thou­sands of pounds de­fend­ing it­self af­ter be­ing taken to the high­est au­thor­ity in the Church of Eng­land over a planned ren­o­va­tion.

St Bo­tolph’s Church in Longth­orpe be­lieves it will cost at least £2,000 to hire a bar­ris­ter who can fight its case af­ter an ap­peal by The Vic­to­rian So­ci­ety to the Court of Arches in Can­ter­bury.

The so­ci­ety is strongly against the ren­o­va­tion of the chan­cel - where the al­tar is lo- cated - as part of a £286,000 re­vamp of the church which has pre­vi­ously been given the green light by The Church of Eng­land’s Con­sis­tory Court.

The plans in­clude chang­ing Vic­to­rian pews for in­di­vid­ual chairs, a new self stand­ing al­tar and the low­er­ing of part of the floor.

Vic­to­rian So­ci­ety director Christo­pher Costel­loe said: “We were ad­vised that the ap­peal against the de­ci­sion had a good chance of suc­cess given the pro­pos­als are harm­ful to the build­ing which is Grade One listed.

“It’s a very com­pre­hen­sive re­order­ing pro­posal.

“The fo­cus of our ob­jec­tion is the pro­posed changes to the chan­cel which is of ar- chi­tec­tural and his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance.”

The church in Thorpe Road wrote in its newslet­ter that it would make the funds avail­able to fight the ap­peal.

It said in a state­ment it was ‘truly blessed to have a won­der­ful church build­ing in which to wor­ship’, adding: “Each gen­er­a­tion has the re­spon­si­bil­ity of main­tain­ing the fab­ric, us­ing it well for wor­ship and serv­ing the wider com­mu­nity.

“The pro­posed re­order­ing plans have been drawn up with this in mind. We are aim­ing to make the church fit for the needs of the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion just as pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions have adapted and changed it for their needs.”

St Bo­tolph’s Church, Longth­orpe

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