Ripon Cathedral will host drop-in consultation events in February and March where cathedral members will answer questions regarding its controversial plans to build a new annexe.
The cathedral “paused” its planning application to North Yorkshire Council last month following opposition from campaigners and local businesses.
According to a new document published, senior figures at the cathedral still appear committed to the extension — which it now says would cost £8m.
However, a spokesperson said it hopes that through the consultation events it can identify areas of “creative thinking” with possible amendments made to the plans.
They said at present, the cathedral has not yet found an alternative to chopping down eleven trees. But it added the future of a veteran beech tree “remains open”.
A Q&A on its website answers some of the key questions posed by critics of the scheme. These include its potential impact on businesses and whether the annexe could be built elsewhere within the footprint of the cathedral.
It maintains the annexe is crucial to offer 21st century facilities whilst safeguarding the future of its choir.
The proposed new song school and cafe would be built next to the cathedral on an area called Minster Gardens.
Local businesses have said it will take trade away from them and there have been protests against the felling of the trees.
A spokesperson said: “It is hoped that a pause in the planning application to allow for additional consultation will prompt a genuine exchange of views, the sharing of informed ideas and the constructive discussion of concerns raised.”
You can read the Q&A in full here.
Drop-in events will be held at the cathedral with dates and times below.
One event on Thursday March 7, from 9am-12pm, will take place at Ripon Town Hall.
Monday 12, 3-5pm
Thursday 15, 10am-12pm
Saturday 17, 1-2.30pm
Tuesday 20, 5-7pm
Thursday 22, 2-4pm
Friday 23, 10.30am-12.30pm
Monday 26, 10am-12pm
Wednesday 28, 10am-12pm
Saturday 2, 2-4pm
Tuesday 5, 5-7pm
Thursday 7, 2-4pm
Friday 8, 10.30am-12.30pm
Monday 11, 3-5pm
Wednesday 13, 10am-12pm
Friday 15, 10.30am-12.30pm
Monday 18, 5-7pm
Tuesday 19, 3-5pm
Sunday 24, 1-3pm
Monday 25, 3-5pm
Wednesday 27, 12-2pm
Thursday 28, 1-3pm