Staunton Harold Church gets green light to make repairs after thieves struck last year

By Graham Hill

9th Feb 2021 | Local News

Staunton Harold Church. Photo:
Staunton Harold Church. Photo:

Staunton Harold Church has been granted permission to make alterations to the building following a damage caused by thieves last year.

In April, the lead roof coverings were stolen from the chancel and south aisle.

Police called to Staunton Harold Church theft

Now, North West Leicestershire District Council has given the go-ahead for alterations to roof coverings above the chancel and south aisle.

The church was built in 1653 on the instructions of Sir Robert Shirley Fourth Baronet.

This is a rare building of its time, an era known as the Commonwealth Period, when Oliver Cromwell was Lord Protector of England.

The Chapel of the Holy Trinity is a grade I listed building in the Staunton Harold conservation area.

A planning report says it is proposed to replace the south aisle roof of a like-for-like basis - and replace the chancel roof on a like-for-like basis.

It adds the proposed alterations would demonstrate "major benefits" compared to a like-for-like replacement.

The limited harm arising from the alterations would be outweighed by the heritage benefit of reducing or removing risks to the heritage asset.

The alterations would reflect Historic England's standing advice and they would preserve the significance of the listed building.

It has been recommended that the application is granted.


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