Bid refused

PLANS to extend a dental surgery in Sudbury have been turned down.

The Dental Emporium, in Acton Square, had applied for planning permission for a two-storey extension, which included a new staircase and the creation of two residential apartments on part of the first floor.

But Babergh district councillors said the building – formerly a silk mill dating from around 1870 – was a “significant unlisted industrial building in a conservation area” and refused the plans.

At a recent development committee meeting, councillors were told that the insertion of a full-length mezzanine floor within the first-floor space would be visible behind “large and prominent” windows.

Twelve roof lights would also have an adverse impact.