New plans on horizon for closed village pub

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A Great Cornard pub saved from becoming a food store will be the subject of a fresh planning application.

Punch Taverns is set to apply for permission for a change of use for The Highbury Barn in Canhams Road.

The company failed in a bid to get permission to demolish the 18th-century pub and build a £1million retail unit, to be occupied by Co-Operative Foodstores, after Babergh District Council refused planning permission in December and an appeal was turned down in June.

A spokeswoman for Punch Taverns said: “We are planning to submit a change of use application imminently and we await the outcome, which will ultimately determine the use.”

She refused to comment on the intended use of the building or when the application would be submitted.

Gavin Fance, a resident from Sycamore Road and former regular at The Highbury Barn, began a Save the Barn campaign and collected 300 signatures from people opposing the demolition and redevelopment of the pub.

Along with his dad Tim, Mr Fance spoke against Punch Tavern’s plans during the company’s unsuccessful appeal against the refusal.

Punch Taverns has said it advertised the site for sale as a pub for a year, during which time no suitable offers were made to buy it.