A planning application to turn a Grade II listed former chapel in Machylleth into an arts centre has been refused.

The change of use application for Capel y Graig had been sent to Powys County Council  by Mary Gilbert of arts organisation Space.

In a planning statement, Ms Gilbert said: “The plan to use it as a community arts centre is to enable it to once again become a resource for the community.

“It would offer a home to artists, musicians, craftspeople, community groups, the elderly, children and those with mental health issues.

“The space would be a gallery, a venue, a meeting room, a workshop and shop.”

Having a kitchen would also allow events such as tea for the elderly and day workshops for children and families to take place.

Her vision was to see the community feel a “sense of ownership of the space and a sense of belonging”.

But, the proposal met opposition from Machynlleth Town Council, which said the town "does not need another performance venue", particularly close to residential areas.

They also believe there could be legal restrictions in the chapel deeds that prohibit some of the activities proposed for the conversion.

Powys Council's planning officer, Luke Jones said in the decision report: “Officers consider that the proposed development is contrary to policy, as such, it is recommended that the application is refused."

The report explained that not enough information had been provided to asses the changes to the chapel in a conservation area.

Church services  took place at Capel y Graig for over 200 years from 1789 to around 2004 when falling numbers and and ageing congregation saw it close.

The chapel was rebuilt in 1824, a Sunday School added to it in 1892 and a rear extension in 1975.

But the building is in need of repair work by its new occupiers.