Barn in Coney Weston could be converted into cultural activity venue

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A barn in a Suffolk village could be converted into a cultural activity venue with recitals, concerts, heritage events, public talks and educational activities.

Ian Chance wants planning and listed building permission to transform Barningham Park Barn, in Coney Weston into a dwelling and hold a series of arts based events in and around it.

He used to run similar events at Wingfield College, in Wingfield, for several years while he lived there.

He plans to hold such activities upto 34 times a year and has a provisional grant from DEFRA towards the costs of the conversion, which expires this month.

According to a schedule of proposed activities submitted to St Edmundsbury Borough Council, the recitals would be ‘typically classical solo, string quartets, soirees, acoustic and non amplified music’.

The document from Peter Codling Architects noted that Mr Chance hopes the events will ‘complement and work in conjunction’ with activities at the Euston Estate.

Council officers have recommended the plans - due to be decided by the development control committee tomorrow - for approval provisionally pending formal receipt of consultation responses and representations.

They advised temporary permission be granted for cultural activities until June 30 2015 to allow for a ‘better understanding of the full nature and impacts of any use’, which would then be assessed.