The visitor centre at Suffolk's world famous Sutton Hoo archaeological site is set to be extended.

East Suffolk Council has given the go ahead for the extension incorporating a Changing Places toilet, which will support the needs of visitors with severe disabilities and carers, including washing and changing facilities.

In a design and access statement, Farrar Bamforth Associates, agents for the applicant National Trust, said the purpose of the development was to provide adequate accessible facilities for the public, including locals and tourists visiting the site.

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Allison Girling, property operations manager at Sutton Hoo, said: "We're delighted that East Suffolk Council has approved our planning application for an extension to the Visitor Welcome Centre at Sutton Hoo.

"This will allow us to construct a Changing Places toilet, which is a larger facility that has equipment designed to support disabled people who need assistance.

"As an organisation, we want our disabled visitors to have a great experience with us and we are always working to improve the accessibility of the places we care for.

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East Anglian Daily Times: The Anglo-Saxon burial ship was discovered in 1939The Anglo-Saxon burial ship was discovered in 1939 (Image: Newsquest)"We hope this new facility at Sutton Hoo will help meet our existing visitor needs and perhaps encourage others to visit for the first time."

The Sutton Hoo site is home to the famous Anglo-Saxon burial ship, which was discovered in 1939.

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In March, the EADT revealed that TV presenter Tony Robinson and Time Team would be visiting Sutton Hoo this summer to carry out a new dig after Time Team carried out surveys at the site using ground penetrating radar in 2021 and 2022.

These surveys, partially funded by the Sutton Hoo Society, produced some interesting results around the Garden Field area, behind the visitor centre and exhibition hall.

Now the Time Team would like to determine whether the results are archaeology or geological features and to do this, a dig is being arranged in June.