PARISH CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT
We are redeveloping our Parish Centre!
Here you will find the latest updates on our progress, as well as some FAQs and the opportunity to sign up to keep up to date with our news.
Thank you for your interest in this project!
Update on Consultation and Planning Application
It was great to see so many people at our event on Sunday 3rd November. The level of engagement was encouraging and we appreciate everybody's feedback. Our report is available through this link, and includes images and plans that were shown at the event. Also, see our 3D walk round of the new Parish Centre below.
Our December newsletter is available below, and explains our timeline for the planning application. We were hoping to submit before Christmas, but this has been a little delayed and will now be in January.
We are grateful for the level of local interest in our project and are keeping a list of FAQs in response to the main themes and issues being raised. These are being updated periodically as we receive further feedback.
Please click here for a list of FAQs.
Click here to see the Chesham Bois Parish Council statement as to their role in the consultation process.
Key Features of the Proposed Development
The design includes the following:
High quality design respectful of the heritage and woodland - many have stated how beautiful the design is and how it reflects its setting
Main hall accommodating up to 275 people
Offices for St Leonard's Church and Chesham Bois Parish Council, including meeting rooms for varied uses
Self-contained Day Nursery and garden space, modernising and improving facilities for Maryland
Additional multi-function hall
Replacement Rectory (according to Diocesan requirements) and a staff home
Sufficient woodland-style parking on site for everyday use, accessed via Glebe Way
Prayer, reflection and outside spaces
Dynamic green roof and other environmental features
The redevelopment will use existing Church-owned land and the project has the support of the Diocese of Oxford. The new Parish Centre will serve the ongoing and future needs of the Church and local community.
The 800 year old Church Building on High Bois Lane will continue to be used for services on Sundays and all it's other current varied uses.
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If you would like to contact us with questions or comments about our Parish Centre redevelopment project, please use the following dedicated email address:
Please click here to see our Vision Statement for the project.
Bishop Steven has also given us a clear vision in the Diocese of Oxford: ‘a vision to guide us to become more Christ like: contemplative, compassionate and courageous as we serve our fragmented world.’ We believe that our Parish Centre Site Redevelopment project enables us to engage with both the diocesan and our parish vision.
As you can see from our mission & vision statements and the Diocesan strapline above we are called to be more Christ-like, doing the ministry of Jesus the way he modelled to us. All that we do together is grounded in our identity in Christ and arises from His call to us in His Word and by His Spirit. This community enhancing project is exciting, and whilst challenging enables us to fulfil the long-held vision to bless and serve our parish. We hope the information on this page will help you see the intentions of this project, the facts about it and the opportunities it will give to the whole community.