Brewery giant Greene King has proposed building more than 20 houses on land in Bury St Edmunds.
If approved, the plans - which got the support of Bury Town Council on Wednesday - would see a store in Westgate Street converted into two houses and Westgate House and Peatlings converted into a house, along with a garage and parking spaces.
A further 21 homes would be built to the north west of the brewery site, adjacent to Friars Lane and behind the houses fronting Westgate Street, on land Greene King says is ‘largely unused’.
The existing Friars Lane access would also be closed and alterations would be made to the brewery’s staff parking layout.
Greene King says the development would provide ‘a mix of two, three and four-bedroom, high-specification, energy-efficient houses, including a number of affordable homes, which will be built in the local style and in keeping with the existing townscape’.
At Wednesday’s meeting, Cllr Frank Warby said: “It’s brilliant. It’s more houses and we need more houses. Better there than somewhere else in the town.”
A spokeswoman for Greene King said: “Following a positive response from the public at the consultation in November, a formal planning application was submitted in January. We anticipate receiving a decision from the planning committee following their meeting in April.”