The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Park Street, Devizes, dates from the Norman times and is one of the most important buildings in the town, with the church tower a particular landmark. The building is listed Grade I, putting it amongst the top 2.5% of listed buildings in the country.
Over the last months we have had new plans draw up to illustrate the options for the future and these have been shown to the Diocese. They have made a few comments and recommended that we talk to Wiltshire Council and other heritage bodies to discuss the external build elements of the plans.
The LEVELS OF CHANGE Options are:
Level 1 Redundancy. Which we are trying to avoid.
Level 2 Re ordering the inside of the church. This would make the church more comfortable but would not support the multi-use concept
Level 3 Reordering inside with external office and toilets. This option has no meeting rooms and does not appear economically viable.
Level 4 Reordering the interior with an external build of meeting rooms, toilets and kitchen area. This is the preferred option of the St Mary Future Group and supports the multi-use concept endorsed by the recent new use public forum. Two scheme ideas have ben put forward under level 4.
Leel 5 The Coister concept that was rejected by the planners.
A business plan has been prepared to give substance to financial outcomes for levels 3 and 4.
For an in depth analysis of these options then click for the Levels of Change document which gives an idea of what you get at each level together with number of Pros and Cons. Comments, questions and ideas on any St Mary Devizes document are always welcome.
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A Conservation Management Plan has been produced at the request of the Salisbury Diocese and a link to this is given. It has been passed to a number of consultees including the Diocesan Advisory Board; Wiltshire Development (Planning & Conservation) ; Historic England; The Church Building Council; Devizes Town Council and Trust For Devizes. We welcome responses to this document through the St John with St Mary Parish Office. (). Please comment on this plan and add any other remarks that will help us achieve something of benefit to the Parish and the town.