Appeal date is set for rejected plans for village pub

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An appeal against the decision to reject plans to build a supermarket on the site of a Great Cornard pub will be heard next month.

Punch Taverns, which owns The Highbury Barn in Canhams Road, was refused permission to demolish the 18th-century pub and build a £1million retail unit by Babergh District Council in December.

The company has appealed the decision, which was celebrated by residents and pub regulars who have campaigned to try to keep the pub running, and a decision will be made by a planning inspector at an informal hearing on May 29.

Gavin Fance, organiser of the Save The Barn campaign, said: “We are now looking towards this hearing.”

A spokesman for Punch Taverns said: “The appeal forms part of investigation into how the property might better fulfil its potential within the local community.”