Following the submission to the CFCE of plans for reordering and to provide a tomb for King Richard III, the commission have decide to defer their response at the time. They seek more information on key aspects of the scheme which we will seek to provide.
David Monteith, Dean of Leicester says:
Leicester Cathedral recognizes the complexity of the case the Cathedral Fabric Commission for England (CFCE) is having to deal with and therefore understands why, at this juncture, the Commission failed to reach a verdict on our comprehensively researched proposals for a tomb for King Richard III as part of a major reordering of the Cathedral. We are disappointed but we appreciate that it is rare for a major application of this kind to be approved at the first discussion owing to its complex nature.
We look forward to continuing to work with the Commission and other partners to find ways forward that command the maximum support, whilst meeting the needs of our working Cathedral for the 21st century.
It is estimated that the works necessary to provide the tomb and its place of honour will take six months, so this development does appear to rule out a reinterment date before summer 2014 at the earliest.
We have also consistently stated that final decisions must await the outcome of the Judicial Review and we fully respect that legal process. We remain committed to continuing our collaborative preparations to prepare for a dignified and timely re-interment of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral, with the prayers of the church.
The Commission’s statement can be viewed on the ChurchCare website.