Ecclesiastical Law Association

Ecclesiastical Law Association

Judgments: Roofing

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The PCC wished to replace lead stolen from the church porch roof with plain tiles. The DAC objected and felt that terne-coated stainless steel was preferable, as the porch had always had a metal roof. English Heritage were agreeable to either steel or tiles. After consideration of the decision in St Alkmund Duffield, the Chancellor determined that it would not be appropriate to put tiles on a roof which had historically had a metal roof covering, but terne-coated stainless steel would be an acceptable alternative to lead: " ... if the proposal for plain tiles was granted then this would result in harm to the significance of the church as a building of special architectural or historic interest.  I am also satisfied that the level of harm done would far outweigh any benefit that could be obtained from the use of tiles over the use of [terne-coated steel]".

Faculty refused for replacement of lead roofing with zinc, the Chancellor determining that it was premature to replace the roof, which had an estimated life of a further 10 to 15 years, and that the more appropriate course of action was to carry out repairs.