A disused listed station building could get a new lease of life as a community arts centre.
Milkmaid Folk Arts, which currently use Bury St Edmunds’ Constitutional Club to hold its folk club, wants to create a community arts centre with an auditorium at the town’s station.
It has applied for planning permission to convert the lower floors of the grade II listed station buildings beneath the cafe and waiting rooms on the Ipswich bound platform.
The plans include integrating new entrances into the existing Victorian facade and providing parking on land nearby.
In one section of the building the plans involve removing the upper floor, which is in bad condition and thought to be a later addition, to create a double height auditorium.
Other facilities include rooms for holding arts workshops.
The application says: “The Milkmaid Folk Arts Centre CIC has been set up to give Suffolk a centre where people from all backgrounds age and origins, whether disabled or able-bodied, can meet to experience, learn and enjoy the world of music, drama and art through tutorials, workshops, concerts and therapy in an enjoyable social setting.
“We plan to open week days to offer an exciting and innovative centre for people with disabilities, and to offer evening activities for all people, whether disabled or not.
“The day centre will provide music therapy with trained therapists, music tuition alongside art sessions and drama with specialist tutors. Experienced, trained staff will support and encourage clients to reach their full potential.
“A series of concerts, drama productions and exhibitions will be held through the year.”
highlighting the skills and artistic talent of people with a disability