Shop plan for town pub

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PLANS to change a pub – thought to be the oldest in Sudbury – into a shop have received the backing of councillors.

Members of Sudbury Town Council’s planning and development committee met on Monday to discuss the future of the Grade II listed Anchor pub in Friars Street.

Despite reservations over the proposals, which include building a new shop front, councillors recommended the planning application for approval.

Committee chairman Nigel Bennett said that although it was sad the 16th century property would not continue as a pub, he was glad it was being put to use.

“It has been redundant for a significant period of time and the key thing for members was to protect the building’s historical features,” he said.

“We don’t want to see old beams being ripped out, like has happened in a lot of other buildings, and that is not the case here.”

Mr Bennett said that although the Sudbury Society had expressed “disappointment” at the loss of the pub, it had not opposed the application put forward by owner Jeremy Clayton.

“There was some concern from members about the amount of glass which will be used for the shop front but if we are to lose the pub, replacing it with retail is not a bad thing,” he said.

“People don’t want to see the building deteriorate and left empty so in the long-term this should be a good use.”