Richard III tomb: plans due to be unveiled today are ‘utterly inspired’

The chair of the Richard III Society has heaped praise on plans for the Plantagenet king’s tomb in Leicester Cathedral

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The plans, due to be unveiled today, were described by Dr Phil Stone as “utterly inspired”.

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At 4pm the Diocese of Leicester will disclose details of a proposed raised tomb inside a remodelled Leicester Cathedral. The tomb is part of a £1m plan to reinter the remains of Richard III in May 2014.

A series of changes are to be made to the inside of the cathedral to create a space for the raised tomb, with a new floor, special lighting and new stained glass windows.

Plans will be submitted to the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (CFCE), a national body that determines applications for approval of works.

The commission is staffed by experts in architecture, worship, archaeology, conservation and engineering.

A decision is expected by the end of October.

A spokesperson for the Diocese of Leicester told historyextra:  “This is an application for planning permission for the tomb design. We are very hopeful the commission will approve the plans.

“We think the plans are very exciting and Dr Phil Stone, chair of the Richard III Society, said they were ‘utterly inspired’.

“So much work has gone into creating them, and there has been a wide consultation involving the University of Leicester, Leicester Cathedral, the city council and Richard III Society.”

Richard’s skeleton was discovered underneath a Leicester council car park last September, 527 years after he was killed at the battle of Bosworth.

The remains were in February identified as those of the last Plantagenet king and, as an organisation closely involved in the discovery, the University of Leicester holds a Ministry of Justice licence that allows it to decide where the remains are re-interred.

The university decided on Leicester Cathedral.

Last month a High Court judge gave permission for descendants of the king’s relatives to challenge plans to rebury his remains in Leicester rather than York.

The 15-strong Plantagenet Alliance is campaigning for the remains to be buried in York, which, it claims, Richard regarded as his home.

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The justice secretary, Chris Grayling, will defend the decision to bury Richard’s remains in Leicester, his department yesterday confirmed.