Councillors unanimously approved five new homes on land behind a former showroom off Hadleigh High Street.
Planning permission was granted to build four two-bedroom houses and a single-storey two-bedroom house behind 109 High Street, formerly used by Partridges as a showroom to display garden furniture,
The building was originally a butchers and is now empty. Part of the end of the building will be demolished to widen access to the housing development, which will be built behind it.
Babergh District Council’s planning committee approved the plans at a meeting on Wednesday.
Hadeigh councillor Brian Riley said: “The ground floor will be kept for retail use, with a self-contained flat above.
“You can see from the tiling, it was originally a butcher’s served by an abattoir behind and a lot of people will remember seeing cattle coming down the high street to go there.”
Mr Riley said there were no traffic issues with access on to the site. He said the plans would help enhance that part of the town.
Councillor Mary Munson said the plans took account of nearby Sun Court, a Grade II listed building, and the fact the development was in Hadleigh’s conservation area.