Chichester Consistory Court; Edwards Ch. November 1991
A chancellor should, in deciding issues of aesthetics, follow the advice of the D.A.C. unless he is persuaded that he should depart from it. If that rule is not followed his decisions upon such issues would depend upon his personal predilections and taste; in consequence no one else would see any point in turning to the D. A.C. for advice or assistance in this field. Such a state of affairs would rob the work of the D.A.C. of much of its value and purpose. A chancellor may be persuaded to depart from the advice in aesthetic matters he receives from the D.A.C. by evidence tendered at the hearing. There may be other, exceptional grounds for not following the advice of the D.A.C., as where its reasoning or approach is unsound, or it has been led astray by some transient fashion in taste, or the parish concerned simply has not the means to take a course recommended by the D.A.C. A petition to introduce a stained glass window was accordingly dismissed, despite strong support from within the parish, on the grounds of the wellfounded criticism of the design of the window by the D.A.C.
(1993) 3 Ecc LJ 117