Supermarket plans for Great Cornard pub are refused

Plans to build a supermarket on the site of an 18th-century pub in Great Cornard have been refused by Babergh District Council.

Punch Taverns had submitted an application to build a £1million supermarket on the site of The Highbury Barn in Canhams Road, which would have been demolished had the plans been successful.

Campaigners had set up petitions and written to the council to try to stop the proposed development. The pub was closed by its owners two weeks ago.

A decision notice from Christine Thurlow, the council’s corporate manager for development management, which was published on the council’s website this week, said the application was refused because the building of the supermarket following demolition of the pub would be contrary to planning policy, which aims to retain “important local features in all new developments and conserve heritage assets.

“The Highbury Barn public house is both an important local feature and a heritage asset,” she said.

“In the absence of a compelling case for demolition, the visual amenity and cultural heritage of the area would be significantly impacted.”

The notice explained that the proposed shop would be “unduly prominent and bulky” and the loss of the “locally-important building” would adversely impact the visual amenity of the area.

See next week’s Free Press, out on Thursday, for campaigners’ reaction and Punch Taverns’ plans for the site.