The Role of the DAC
The DAC’s primary function is to provide advice to parishes and make recommendations to the Chancellor of the Diocese regarding Faculty Applications received for churches or the Cathedral.
There are 12 Members of the Committee; it is made up of clergy, architects and a range of other specialists in the maintenance and development of church buildings. It therefore contains a very wide range of specialist knowledge and experience which it is pleased to share with parishes planning works to their buildings and churchyards.
As well as reviewing applications on paper, the DAC may visit a church. This helps the DAC to understand complex or unusual proposals. It also allows for informal discussion with the parish at an early stage, often helping the parish to develop their scheme in line with best proven practice and avoiding unnecessary expense.
Consultations on Listed Buildings are also made with Cadw and the relevant Local Authority Conservation Officer. On larger schemes, consultations are also made with the appropriate National Amenity Societies (eg. SPAB, The Victorian Society, Ancient Monument Society). These comments are discussed with each application at the DAC meeting, and as the Welsh Assembly Government gives the churches ‘Ecclesiastical Exemption’, (which means the church does not have to apply for Listed Building Consent, in most cases).
The DAC can recommend a Faculty for approval. However, this is only a recommendation to the Chancellor, who makes the final decision.
Parishes are being urged to do more to protect their buildings from the threat of metal theft. £10,000 worth of lead was stolen from the roof of St Asaph Cathedral in August 2011 and there have been other thefts since. Find out how you can help protect your church here.
Find out how the changes to the listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme affect you. Read more here.