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New uses for former places of worship

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This document provides advice on the conversion to new use of historic former places of worship. It is primarily intended to be of benefit to new or potential new owners or occupiers of such buildings. It will also provide clarity for local authorities on the approach taken by Historic England when advising on proposals for re-use.

This document should be read in conjunction with the Government's National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), its associated Practice Guidance and any relevant Local Authority planning guidance.


  • Introduction
  • Understanding historic places of worship
  • Identifying appropriate new uses
  • Alterations and additions for new uses
  • Further information
  • Contacts

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Product Code: 51638


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