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English Churches and Cathedrals Sustainability Review

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The Taylor Review: Sustainability of English Churches and Cathedrals

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An independent review, chaired by Bernard Taylor, into the sustainability of Church of England Church and Cathedral buildings.

Original consultation


The Review will consider the challenges faced by our ecclesiastical heritage buildings and their long term sustainability.

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Consultation description

The English Churches and Cathedrals Sustainability Review was commissioned by 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.

Foreword from Bernard Taylor, Chair of the Churches Sustainability Review

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.

The survey

To test areas of interest with a wide range of people and help the Panel to reach its final conclusions, we are 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.

The full Terms of Reference for the review can be found are attached.

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


Terms of Reference

Published 16 December 2016
Last updated 20 December 2017 + show all updates
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