St Augustine’s Church in Ipswich submits bid for single storey extension

St Augustine's Church, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich

St Augustine's Church, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich

An Ipswich vicar has applied for permission to extend his church to provide better access for people who struggle to get about.

St Augustine’s Church in Felixstowe Road is seeking to build a single storey side extension to its Bantoft Room.

This would provide new toilet facilities, a larger kitchen, an improved chair and table storage area and an additional entrance to the church.

Planning permission for the extension was granted by Ipswich Borough Council in 2009 with work due to take place in 2010, but it was delayed following the retirement of the Rev Lionel Simpkin shortly after.

The Rev Trevor Golding took over as vicar in 2011 and he reviewed the proposal in line with his vision for the church.

This was then taken to public consultation and to the parochial church council, which both showed support for the plan.

In response to the church’s pre-application, Ipswich Borough Council said: “The proposals are considered to be a high quality development which will add to the existing building group and provide enhanced community facilities to St Augustine’s in its role as a local landmark at this gateway to the town.”

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The toilet facilities in the existing Bantoft Room are at a different floor level to the main church, making access difficult for those who are less mobile.

The new room will be a direct extension to the current building but will have the advantage of level access to all parts of the church.

Within the planning application, the church says it hopes the extension will increase the community use of the facilities.

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