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Chichester church dispute rumbles on

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Chichester council has added to the furore surrounding a Modernist's proposed church extension in Chichester.

Local politicians have come to the support of English Heritage, claiming it threw the scheme out late last month because of a raft of issues with Anthony Perry's up-to-date addition to the Church of St Andrew.

English Heritage had mauled the application last week insisting it was out of context with the medieval church and a 1981 extension.

In a statement released on Friday, a council spokesperson went on to claim that the 'application contained insufficient information with regard to the impact of the proposals on the structure of the existing building, particularly the existing extension.'

The swathe of gripes included the octagonal extension's situation, scale, form, design, external appearance and lack of attention to context.

The council continued in its diatribe to claim that such factors would have a significant and detrimental impact on the character of the Grade II*-listed church, as well as the character of the surrounding conservation area.

Perry's work on the church was thrown out by councillors despite being praised by former bosses of the Royal Fine Art Commission Sherban Cantacuzino and the late Freddie Fielden (AJ 11.08.05).

by Rob Sharp

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