Medieval house bar plan set for go-ahead

Plans to turn a 15th-century home in Lavenham into a cafe, flat and guest accommodation are set to be granted permission on Wednesday.

Holly Bellingham-Turner, a former director at Ipswich Town Football Club and her husband Simon, applied to turn the house on the corner of Lady Street and Water Lane into the café.

Proposed managers of the business, Rod Benson and Joanna Knight, are also named as applicants and intend to live above, with separate accommodation for paying guests.

The applicants could not be reached as the Free Press went to print, but comments from their agent in planning documents state: “The client is keen to offer a facility that offers both food and drink, alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

“At present there are a number of tea rooms and higher-end restaurants within Lavenham, but nothing for the middle ground.”

The house has been owned by Mrs Bellingham-Turner and her husband as a holiday home for 12 years.

During original consultation in October and a second period for amended plans last month, a total of 27 letters in support and 11 objecting to the application were submitted.

Lavenham Parish Council recommended refusal based on parking concerns, no information on staff numbers and opening hours.

The application is recommended for approval by Babergh District Council.