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Churchyards Enhancement Programme

coloured sketch of a churched surrounded by a green functional churchyard

The City's churchyards are historic open spaces, providing green, tranquil havens from the City’s intensity and essential places to rest and enjoy. Many are popular green spaces but others are underutilised and need improvement.

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Cancellation: Our drop in session at St Sepulchre Holborn planned to take place on Sunday 22 October will be rescheduled for a later date.

We are working in partnership with the Diocese of London and St Paul's Cathedral to develop a programme of enhancement projects for the City Churchyards which aim to:

  • Provide high quality, inspiring and sustainable spaces
  • Ensure safe and inclusive places for all the City's communities
  • Provide enhanced areas to play, relax and work, including accommodating 'agile working' in response to projected increase in worker, visitor and resident numbers in the City

We identified four themes to capture the characteristics of an ideal churchyard.

  • Character - The unique quality of these historic green and tranquil spaces is conserved and enhanced
  • Connectivity - the churchyards are communicated as a public asset for people to enjoy, navigate and access easily
  • Community The churchyards are open to all users, providing an accessible and welcoming environment
  • Care - A high standard of maintenance ensures the churchyards remain as enjoyable spaces and do not deteriorate over time.

We want to hear your views

To develop projects that address the issues and  meets the needs of the community, we want to hear from you:

  • What do you most value about the City Churchyards?
  • What would you most like to change about the City Churchyards?
  • How can we better connect the City Churchyards? (e.g wayfinding, connecting the church interior to the churchyard exterior, exploring digital solutions)
  • How can we increase the amenity value of the City Churchyards? (e.g the facilities available, potential new uses, enhancing historic character)

Please submit your comments about the programme by emailing us at:

Funding and consents

The City proposes to use some of its Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) neighbourhood pot to deliver the churchyard enhancements as well as securing additional funds from other sources. CIL is the statutory charge applied to new development to help fund the infrastructure needed to support planned development in the area.

Infrastructure to be funded by the City CIL in accordance with the 2014 Regulation 123 List will include:

  • Publicly accessible open space
  • Sports and recreation facilities
  • Public Realm enhancement

Any alterations, including change of use, would be subject to the relevant consents including planning permission and the Church of England Faculty procedure.

Drop-in consultation sessions

​We will be holding consultation sessions between 12 noon and 2pm throughout October for you to find out more about our aims for the Churchyards Enhancement Programme and have your say.

Schedule of drop in consultation sessions
Place Date
One New Change 30 October
St Sepulchre Holborn to be rescheduled

Contact us

​For enquiries about the City Churchyards programme contact:

City Public Realm team
PO Box 270

020 332 3529