Video of the content of the Development Consultation on Saturday 10th July 2021

Feedback and consultation update.

As the project dated back to 2014, in July of 2021 we held a refresh day followed by questionnaires to assess our current needs against the original ideas and concept plans.

We thank you for all the feedback at and following the ‘Refresh Day’ in July.

The information gathered was of great benefit to the project and in the light of this we will develop a revised ‘Statement of Needs’ which will set out what we intend the project to deliver for benefit of The Abbey, the people of Romsey and visitors to Test Valley.

The PCC will deliberate on the proposals and when formalised will publish the Statement of Needs and a Conservation Plan in the spring of 2022.


Project summary

In line with our Living, Loving & Serving, we are considering potential building enhancements at the Abbey, which will:

  1. Protect and preserve some rare ancient features of our building.
  2. Reduce our carbon footprint.
  3. Improve our welcome to visitors and local groups, our information and educational outreach.
  4. Improve our facilities needed to support our worship.
  5. Provide storage for equipment and cleaning materials


Timeline of the Project to date

Feb 2013 –  Development Project formally established under PCC

„Feb 2013 – Sept 2013 – Options Analysis, based on high level requirements

„Oct 2013 – Feb 2014 – OA used for extensive consultation and detailed requirements gathering.  This resulted in

„Statement of Need.  Why are we doing this?  What are the issues?

„Resources Study.  What is the likelihood of getting funding?

„Sept 2014 – Creation of Concept Plan based on detailed requirements

„Dec 2014 – Support for the project from DAC

„Jan 2015 – “Next Steps” planned and presented to PCC

„Pause in project

Jan 2018 – Independent review of project commissione

July 2021 – Refresh

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