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Our proposal for a new hall for St Peter’s Church, Pembury, has recently won planning permission, with the support of the Planning and Conservation Officers, Parish Council, Historic England and Diocese. St Peter’s was built in the mid-19th century  to the design of Neheimiah Stevens, a little known local architect, whose accomplishment is recognized in the church’s Grade I Listing. Constructed in iron-rich, honey-coloured Wealden stone, and set within a precinct defined by a low boundary wall constructed from large rubble blocks, the building is firmly rooted in its context.

Designed to be carbon negative through the use of pre-fabricated timber construction, passive ventilation strategies, solar thermal and photovoltaic panels, the contemporary design is clad in weathered steel panels intended to harmonize with the warm tones of the church’s Wealden stone fabric. Tender documents are being completed while Pembury residents raise the remaining funds for this much-needed local amenity.

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