Extra space is being sought by Bersted Parish Council for its community building.
The council’s clerk, Debbie Holcombe, has applied for planning permission to convert the store at the council’s Jubilee Parish Hall into a small hall and meeting room.
A side extension to the building’s north-east side is proposed as the new store.
The council’s planning agents, Corinthian Architectural Design, say in a report several options were considered to provide extra space.
“With the conversion route proposed, the appearance of the building would largely remain unchanged,” they state.
The existing hall was built in the 1980s off Chalcraft Lane and has a main hall of about 100sq m and a smaller meeting and function room of some 30sq m. This was opened three years ago.
They are both used frequently and the parish council wants to add the new space of around 60sq m to help to meet the popular demand for hirings.