Following local community consultation, the planning proposal to bring the historic Beaufoy Institute and Annex back to life has been submitted by Diamond Way Buddhism. The plan will:
- Fully renovate the Beaufoy Institute, with minimal changes to the listed building
- Provide space for community living including common dining and children’s areas.
- Include a contemplation garden, exhibition room and facilities for events and meetings.
- Provide accommodation for the Buddhists living at the centre and visitors.
The community consultation has highlighted interest in the history of the building and in the transformation of the derelict site. The renovation will provide opportunities for local people to be involved in the project and also visit and use the building for different events and community activities.
The primary activity in the institute will be Buddhist meditation and an associated program including art exhibitions and classes on wellbeing. Funds have been raised for the project from within the Buddhist community and have come from many activities in the last 10 years both in the UK and in Europe.
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