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Last updated 12th March 2024

Listed buildings and burial grounds; Public Notices




All consecrated buildings and burial grounds are subject to the jurisdiction of the Diocesan Bishop. The Bishop does not exercise this jurisdiction personally, but through the Chancellor of the Diocese, who is one of the two legal officers of the diocese, the other being the Diocesan Registrar. This is known as Faculty Jurisdiction.


For matters which fall outside the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules, please see below. 


Anglican churches in use are exempt from the requirement for Listed Building Consent, because of the control which the Church of England exercises through the Faculty Jurisdiction. This is known as the "ecclesiastical exemption", but it does not exempt a Parochial Church Council from the need to apply also for Planning Permission and/or Building Regulations Approval in a case where Planning Permission and/or Building Regulations Approval would normally be required, for example, in relation to the proposed extension of a church building.


Rule 9.9 of the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015 also provides that where a petition relates to works that involve the demolition of a listed building, the alteration to or the extension of any part of a grade I or II* listed building, or the exterior of a grade II listed building to such extent as would be likely to affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest; or demolition affecting the exterior of an unlisted building in a conservation area, public notice of the proposed works must be given through the Diocesan website. Such notices will appear on this page.


Should you wish to object to any of the works for which public notice has been given you must write to the Diocesan Registrar at The Registry, Clayton House, Walker Business Park, BLACKBURN BB1 2QE and your letter must reach the Registrar no later than the date stated in the public notice.

If you have any queries regarding the above you should contact the Diocesan Registry on 07966 531786 or by email to



Where a public notice has been displayed regarding matters which fall outside of Faculty Jurisdiction, further details can be found below.  Details are added on a case-by-case basis. 












The public consulation period for the application to remove the legal effects of consecation from a part of the Calderstones Cemetery has now closed. 



The Archdeacon of Blackburn has applied for an order under section 92 of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure 2018 that a part of the consecrated land known as Calderstones Cemetery in the Parish of Whalley Saint Mary (shaded pink in the attached plan) shall not be subject to the legal effects of consecration.






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