Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011
The Mission and Pastoral Measure (MPM) 2011 makes provision for the legal reorganisation of parishes and benefices, dioceses and the closure and re-use of consecrated church buildings that are no longer needed.
The MPM allows bishops to:
- Close a church building to regular public worship. This is managed through a Pastoral Church Buildings Scheme.
- Provide a new use for a church building that has been closed for regular public worship. This is managed either as part of the process of closure, or at a later stage, with a separate Pastoral (Church Buildings Disposal) Scheme.
- Provide for the appropriation and disposal of parts of churchyards. This is managed by a Pastoral Scheme.
The MPM is divided into two volumes. Volume 1 deals primarily with pastoral reorganisation while Volume 2 (Dealing with Consecrated Church Buildings) addresses issues around church buildings. Within Volume 2, chapters 12 to 24 cover sections of the MPM that relate to church buildings, including Part 4 (Procedure for making pastoral church building schemes) and Part 6 (Buildings closed for regular public worship).
In 2020, the Legislative Reform Committee was tasked by the Archbishops' Council to oversee a review of the MPM. The review was led by the Parish Reorganisation and Church Property Department. It was intended to allow the Church of England to develop a proposal for what an improved and simplified MPM could look like in the anticipation that detailed legislative proposals would follow.
In summer 2021, the Green Paper: Mission in Revision (GS 2222) was published. The Green Paper noted that the number of church buildings has been on the decline since 1941. The impact of the Second World War on the built environment led to serious consideration of how the disposal of church buildings could be managed and what uses would be suitable.
Since the 1990s, the closure rate of churches has remained at roughly 20 to 25 per annum. For the majority of closures, an alternative use was found.
- Omitting the requirement for Church Buildings Council (CBC) reports before church closure proposals.
- Providing for an interim or alternative status to churches being “open” or “closed”.
- Simplifying the requirements around the future use of closed churches and dealing with the disturbance of human remains.
At a July 2021 meeting of the General Synod, members approved the consultation paper for the review of the MPM. The initial consultation on the paper closed on 31 October 2021. An analysis of the responses was scheduled for 2022.
- Annual conservation management statements.
- Archaeology and construction.
- Conservation area.
- Ecclesiastical exemption.
- Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 and listed buildings.
- IHBC responds to Review of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011.
- Listed building consent order.
- Local listed building consent order.
- Planning authority duty to provide specialist conservation advice.
- Planning permission.
The Heritage Sector Resilience Plan, developed by the Historic Environment Forum (HEF) with the support of Historic England, has been launched.
An ‘All-Island’ commitment to Ireland’s vernacular heritage has been established with the signing of the North South Agreement on Vernacular Heritage, supporting traditional buildings etc.
Canons House, a landmark building on Bristol Harbourside, has been awarded Grade II (GII) listed status having been built as a regional headquarters for Lloyds Bank between 1988 and 1991 (Arup)
The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has announced a new project with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to improve and modernise the home energy rating scheme used to measure the energy and environmental performance of UK homes.
Sector lead the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has recognised the IHBC’s professional accreditation and support (CPD etc.) in awarding its PQP (Professionally Qualified Person) cards.
The IHBC’s 2022 Aberdeen School Heritage MarketPlace (4.30-7.30PM, 15 June) is designed to extend the scope of a traditional IHBC School exhibition floor.
Work to repair a fire-hit medieval hotel in Gloucester is underway as crews have started work to strip back some of the modern trappings and reveal the historic framework.
Options for in-person and virtual delegates to explore ‘heritage on the edge’ across up to 4 days of IHBC engagement & learning.
The Secretariat to the European Heritage Heads Forum has has coordinated its declaration of solidarity and support for Ukraine’s cultural heritage institutions.
2022 will see the IHBC mark a quarter of a century since our incorporation as a professional body supporting and accrediting built and historic environment conservation specialists. We’re kick-starting it by inviting your ideas on how to mark this special year!