On 1st April, the Leicester Cathedral web site carried the news Cathedral Reordering Designs Approved stating:
“The Dean and Chapter of Leicester Cathedral are delighted to announce that their revised proposals for internal reordering have been approved by the Cathedral Fabrics Commission for England. These proposals will allow the mission and the work of the Cathedral to grow and take into account changes that will allow for the re-interment of King Richard III. They also include improvements to the layout of the building for worship and for two new stained glass windows.
The agreed changes to the inside of the Cathedral have taken account of the views of a number of specialist bodies, including English Heritage and the 20th Century Society, and also those of members of the public. The first submission in September 2013 required a number of revisions which the CFCE discussed at their recent meeting on 20 March 2014. Once the outcome of the Judicial Review is known, these plans will be made public.”
Given the date of the announcement, and a desire to know more concerning the agreed changes and any associated conditions, we sought further information on the outcome of the meeting of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (CFCE) on 20 March. Alas no. Although the ChurchCare web site provides a link to the minutes of previous meetings, none have been reported since 2011. However, there is a promissory note indicating that those for 2012 “will be published shortly”. We will inform readers of developments as details becomes available, but these will probably be from another source.
Although there have been no further updates to the minutes of previous meetings, the site now provides links to pro forma summaries of the determinations made at its meeting on 20 March. These include the conditional approvals to the Leicester’s reordering and the re-interment of Richard III, here, and the two new stained glass windows in St Katharine’s Chapel to commemorate the life and death of Richard III, here.