English Churches and Cathedrals Sustainability Review

Published: Friday, January 13, 2017


The Government has launched a review into the challenges faced by English churches and your views are needed.

The English Churches and Cathedrals Sustainability Review was commissioned by the Government in March 2016. Chaired by Bernard Taylor and supported by a distinguished panel of experts, the Review will consider the challenges faced by our ecclesiastical heritage buildings and their long term sustainability.

As part of a consultation process and to help the Panel to reach its final conclusions, the Review is seeking the views of individuals and organisations who are interested in the future of England’s churches and cathedrals. This includes those who are already involved in caring for a church or churches, or those who might be interested in partnering with a church on behalf of their own business, voluntary or public service interests. In this latter group, we would very much welcome responses from local authorities and commercial and private sector organisations with experience of making community assets sustainable.

To access the survey, please follow this link: Churches Sustainability Review Survey

The survey will close at noon on Tuesday 31st January 2017.

Bernard Taylor, Chair of the Churches Sustainability Review said:

Cathedrals and church buildings are among the most well recognised and loved buildings of our national heritage.

The challenge in ensuring that these outstanding buildings continue to be an integral part of local life is significant given the increasing level of support and expertise required to maintain them at a time when the limited resources in communities are becoming ever more stretched.

It is therefore important that innovative ways are found to ensure these beautiful buildings achieve levels of sustainability that will enable them to remain at the heart of their communities for generations to come. The aim of the English Churches and Cathedrals Sustainability Review is to make recommendations for practical ways to do this.

I am very keen to hear your views on how we can ensure our church buildings are looked after and are relevant in the communities and I strongly encourage you to help us by completing this survey.

Further information

If you have any queries about the review, please contact the secretariat at churches.review@culture.gov.uk or Churches Review Secretariat, Department for Culture, Media and Sport 4th Floor 100 Parliament Street London SW1A 2BQ