Plans have been lodged to renovate a Methodist church into a day care centre in an East Suffolk town. 

The church, on London Road in Halesworth, dates back to 1877.

The day care centre will replace the services provided at the now-closed Rayner Green Resource Centre, thanks to the League of Friends. 

Trustees, who have been working on the service which remains in Halesworth, hope to use the site as an appropriate environment for people with social care needs, including those living with dementia.

The new proposal also includes a new first floor rather than a mezzanine.

The applicants also hope to extend to the rear of the old building to create three new offices and two new parking spaces.

Historically, before building their own chapel, the Halesworth Methodists had camped out in an 18th Century independent chapel, vacated by its congregation in 1836 as too small for their purposes.

Methodism was one of the growing denominations of the century, especially in rural Suffolk, and so by the 1870s the Methodists built the site on London Road.

To view or comment on the application on East Suffolk's Planning portal, search reference: 'DC/23/0246/VOC'

Beccles & Bungay Journal: Side view of Halesworth's former Methodist Church on London RoadSide view of Halesworth's former Methodist Church on London Road (Image: Bruno Brown)