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Gaming lounge plans at Borehamgate Precinct in Sudbury granted planning approval

A new gaming lounge and bar is on its way to Sudbury, after Babergh District Council backed the venture.

An application by Caffiene Lounge Ltd to convert the former Thing-Me-Bobs store in the Borehamgate precinct into an e-sports venue received planning permission on Wednesday, subject to conditions requiring noise mitigation.

The proposal had faced opposition from a number of Borehamgate residents, over concerns about the potential for late-night disturbances and increased anti-social behaviour in the precinct.

Borehamgate Shopping Precinct.Sudbury..Picture Mark Westley. (21393283)
Borehamgate Shopping Precinct.Sudbury..Picture Mark Westley. (21393283)

But Babergh’s planning committee supported the recommendation of its officers that appropriate measures are in place to minimise these impacts, and that the plans are an acceptable use of the town centre location.

Peter Beer, chairman of the planning committee, said: “Following careful public debate, the application for the change of use of unit 14 from shop to e-games lounge has been granted with conditions, including measures to limit noise levels and disturbance to neighbours.

“I am concerned by the number of empty shops in Sudbury, and we must embrace the change from traditional high streets to new leisure and night-time economies for our town centres.

“We hope this exciting new venture is successful for Sudbury, with the conditions imposed ensuring that the business is a considerate neighbour to local residents.”

Caffiene Lounge has said the development will help to boost Sudbury’s night-time economy and the regeneration of the ailing precinct.

It is expected to create three full-time and 14 part-time jobs.

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