No restriction on opening times for new supermarket

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There will be no limit on opening hours for a new supermarket when it is built on the site of a former pub in Great Cornard.

Councillors on Babergh District Council’s planning committee had originally placed a number of conditions on a proposal by Punch Taverns to turn the Highbury Barn into a supermarket.

These conditions limited its opening hours from 7am to 10pm from Monday to Saturday and 9am to 10pm on Sundays.

However, after council officers reviewed this decision, they decided members were wrong to implement these controls and the matter was sent back to the committee.

At a meeting last month, the committee decided to again approve the planning application, which had been recommended for approval by council officers, but this time without attaching any conditions.

The conversion of the site has been a matter of controversy as many felt the building – listed as being of significant local importance – should have remained open as a pub.

Until recently, David Vernon, 46, had been squatting in the building.