Call for inspection of village pub’s plans

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A site inspection is to be held to rule on plans to develop a former pub now up for sale in a neighbouring village.

Richard Grey, owner of The Rose and Crown in Bridge Street, has submitted a planning application to build storage units next to to a barn, move an external steel flue inside the annexe building and retain a partition wall in the pub.

The new storage sheds will replace the existing temporary units across the car park from the main pub building.

One shed will be separated into two sections, with one side being used as a food preparation area and the other for storage for the pub business.

Ken Watkins, chairman of Alpheton Parish Council – which is consulted as a neighbouring parish – said the council had reiterated its objections to the plans, which were previously withdrawn in January, and requested Babergh District Council’s development committee members visit the site before deciding on the plans.

“They have proposed to reinstate the stainless steel flue inside the building, which was one of the objections raised in January,” said Mr Watkins.

“We have objected on the same grounds as before – that this is overdevelopment of the site and the proposed storage units would be intrusive and very visible from the road and neighbouring property.”

Long Melford Parish Council had no objections to the first of the two applications, and clerk Gifford Lewis said he expected the second to be considered this week.

The former pub, which closed a year ago, is on the market for £499,950.

Mr Grey, who lives there with his family, said he was happy for a site meeting to take place.

“We have taken down the external flue down as the council was not happy,” he said. “But the council advised us it would accept an internal one, and we have resubmitted it on this basis.

“I would like to put up a shed but, because it’s a listed building, it has to be done a certain way.”