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, Wiltshire Conservation, Historic England and the Church Building Council. All there comments have been noted and these revised plans drawn up. These plans are now being taken forward to Wiltshire Council as part of the planning applicatio process. It should be noted that any further reduction in facilites would not allow the Business Plan to go forward as envisaged. The outline plans are shown lower down this page.
The budgetary cost for the internal changes, external building and professional fees, excluding fittings and equipment, is of the order of £1.5M
Planning Application Documents
We are now in the pre-application phase in our journey to provide a new use for St Mary’s that has resulted from all the public consultations already carried out. This application is supported by a suite of supporting documents which are now available to see online.
Documents supporting the planning and faculty applications are listed in this table. Also available are the letters recieved following a meeting at St Mary’s in October 2019.
Click on the link to download, please note these documents may be in pdf / .xlx / .xlxs and .doc / docx file formats
To be added Executive Summary – Chedburn Codd
Download Business Plan descriptive document - StMFG
Download Business Plan spreadsheet - the numbers - StMFG
Download Conservation Management Plan - StMFG
Download Historic Building Assessment - Matthew McMurray. A textual document
Download Historic Building Assessment – Figures - Matthew McMurray, warning a very large file.
Download Building Investigation – Demaus Building Diagnostics Ltd
Download Ecological Assessment – St Mary’s Church July 1917 - Ecological Surveys Ltd.
Download Archaeological Evaluation Report (Trial Pits) – Headland Archaeology Ltd
Download Study St Mary’s Churchyard – burial activity - StMFG
Download St Mary Devizes – Levels of Change - StMFG
To be added Statement of Need- StMFG
Download Statement of Significance – StMFG
To Be added Heritage, Design & Access Statement Chedburn Codd
Background information to the recent design update
Download Comments on the letters received from the CBC, DAC HE re plans of Oct 2019. The comments come first, then the letters with paragraph numbers.
Thanks to our Supporters
We wish to thank all the members of the public who continue to support us, and those wonderful event organisers who have choosen to use St. Mary for their shows and meetings. A special mention must go to The Invitation Theatre Company (TITCo) who had put on major shows for a number of years to sell out audiences, not least the recent " The Armed Man", 'Sister Act' and the classic 'War of the Worlds'.
The aim is to take St Mary's from a closed building to a much visited asset to the town instead of merely an interesting background view.