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Green Guide

This page provides a link to the document Parsonages: A Design Guide, commonly referred to as The Green Guide

This document was produced by the Church Commissioners as a design guide for building new parsonages. The Diocese of Chester also aspires to use the guide for developing existing parsonages to Green Guide standards wherever practicable. However, this process depends on the availability of limited funding and, consequently, the diocese has to prioritise improvement works on a strict basis of need which concentrates on achieving Category 1 standards across the board.

Clergy should note the following paragraph from the preface to the Guide: It is however important to remember that this document is a guide and not a blueprint for those who are planning to build a new parsonage house. Diocesan Parsonage Committees should certainly not feel that it is obligatory to upgrade to the new standards parsonages already in existence or houses to be purchased for that purpose although, of course, clergy will always be grateful for affordable improvements. Please click on the link to view the Green Guide.

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