PARISH CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT
Following our positive pre-application meeting with Chiltern District Council, we have developed the design in response to their advice and other community and stakeholder feedback. We are now close to submitting plans for the full planning application. We invite you to come and browse the latest design information and plans in preparation for the submission, see details above.
Bishop Steven has 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.
We are grateful for the level of local interest in our project and have decided to compile a list of FAQs in response to the main themes and issues being raised. These will be updated periodically as we receive further feedback. Please click here for a list of FAQs.
Key Features of the Proposed Development
The initial design currently 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.
Existing Site Plan
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Please do have a look at the documents available below and contact us if there are any comments you would like to contribute for consideration. Thank you for your interest in the project.
Amersham District Resident's Association Winter Newsletter Article (February 2018)
If you would like to contact us with questions or comments about our Parish Centre redevelopment project, please use the following dedicated email address. Comments will be considered by the design team as part of the planning process: