Council committee urged to approve changes at Bury St Edmunds hotel

Ounce House, Bury St Edmunds
Ounce House, Bury St Edmunds
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A committee will determine the outcome of a controversial planning application for a restaurant and small hotel in Bury St Edmunds next week.

Chestnut Group is seeking planning permission to change the use of Ounce House in Northgate Street from a former private home and hotel to a mixed use restaurant and small hotel with nine guest bedrooms.

The proposal, which was amended following planning refusal in June, also includes a new car park at the back of the property and alterations to parking at the front to provide a total of 18 spaces, four fewer than the earlier proposal.

Despite having received objections from a number of residents and Bury Town Council, officers at St Edmundsbury Borough Council have recommended the application for approval when it comes before the development control committee on Thursday.

A report to the committee says the development ‘will materially change the visual outlook from nearby properties’ and ‘lead to a potentially intensive use, including movement, noise and general disturbance, potentially at highly unsociable hours’.

But it adds that the ‘very tangible economic benefits arising’ ‘must be given notable weight in support of the scheme’.