Homes could put village pub back in business

NEWMARKET JOURNAL'APRIL 2011'''ROSE AND CROWN BECK ROW.
NEWMARKET JOURNAL'APRIL 2011'''ROSE AND CROWN BECK ROW.
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A pub that has been closed for almost two years may reopen if an application to refurbish it and build three properties on the site is approved.

The proposal would see a house and two bungalows built in the grounds of the Rose and Crown, Beck Row.

Developers also propose demolishing and rebuilding a ‘substandard’ extension and relocating the car park and beer garden.

Chairman of Beck Row Parish Council, Gary Peachey, said: “Anything that retains a facility for the community is a good thing.

“I think there’s a need for it in the community we have already got one successful pub in the Kings Head which is a thriving pub.

“With the loss of The Smokehouse I think it’s quite essential every effort is made to keep it as a pub and a facility in the village.”

The application has been submitted by Mr and Mrs A Betts.

It states ‘The proposed Rose and Crown Public House is to remain and be refurbished to provide a better layout with extensions and a revised internal layout’.

It is argued the 3428sqm plot is too large to be manageable.

For this reason it is intended that 1982sqm would be put to residential use.

If approved a two storey three-bedroom house and two four-bedroom one-and-a-half story bungalows would be built, each with a garage.

In July last years concerns were expressed that the village may loose the pub completely after Greene King entered an application to convert the entire site to houses. This was later withdrawn.

The latest application states ‘The changes proposed are necessary to maintain this building and maintain employment’.