The petition related to the proposed construction of a new extension to the north of the west end of the church, to provide a meeting room, an accessible toilet, a store, and a kitchen. These facilities would replace those provided by a temporary portacabin in the churchyard. The decision turned on the impact of the proposed extension on a yew tree thought to be 700-750 years old. The Chancellor was unwilling to grant a faculty: "It seems to me that the total loss of an ancient or veteran yew ... is equivalent to serious harm to a grade I or II* building, and should only be exceptionally allowed. In the present case, I accept that it is by no means certain that the new building will cause the loss of the yew, but I consider that the risk of its loss, and the harm that would result if it were to be lost, are sufficiently great that they are not justified by the benefit that would undoubtedly arise from the new building".