An application for funding towards the renovation of St Peter’s in Sudbury to include toilets, improvements to the kitchen and other changes has been submitted.
A bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund was offered up in mid August, however, plans to include a gallery overlooking the church and offering views over the Market Hill has been dropped.
Roger Green, chairman of The Friends of St Peter’s, said: “This was stage one of the process and, if the bid is smiled upon, the Friends will be busy working on the project, in close partnership with the Regeneration Team from the Churches Conservation Trust, for the next two years in order to obtain major financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
“Sadly a casualty of Heritage England’s intervention was the gallery, which Heritage England vetoed.
“It is our hope that we can re-introduce the gallery, which is key to the development at the west end of the church, at a suitable point in the next couple of years.”