Douglas Council has submitted plans to convert the Market Hall for educational and public cultural events in addition to its existing retail use.
Planners’ approval would enable the venue to become the venue for Isle of Man College higher education arts courses from September.
In the bid (14/00830/GB) it states changes required to accommodate the college’s use are ‘very minimal’.
Work includes removing fixed tables from the central area, installing an extraction vent, removing a partition wall, installing fluorescent lighting and power sockets in the stall units, and fitting secondary double doors to the quayside entrance.
In the bid it states: ‘The proposal anticipates activity within the Market Hall increasing as a result of this new use. It is hoped that it will stimulate more interest in this fine public building and efforts will be made to explore other complementary uses such as public events and exhibitions.’
It says there is also potential for evening events such as cultural performances.
Douglas Council has also applied for registered building consent.