Plans for apartment block in Bury St Edmunds town centre

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Permission is once again being sought to build a three-storey apartment block close to Bury St Edmunds town centre.

The application, submitted to St Edmundsbury Borough Council last month, is a renewal of a previously approved scheme for King’s Road.

Applicant Richard Ames, of Richard Ames Developments, wants to build 19 flats/maisonettes and make alterations to vehicular and pedestrian access following demolition of the building at 5A King’s Road, currently occupied by The Co-Operative Funeralcare.

The proposal consists of 16 one-bedroom units, six of which are for social housing, and three two-bedroom units, retaining just two of seven existing car parking spaces at the site.

The previous scheme was granted a three year extension in 2011, which expired three weeks ago.

In a design and access statement for the scheme in 2008, architect Lynwood Associates said it was for ‘provision of low cost residential units in a town centre environment providing a much-needed source for the first time buyers’ market’.

Detailing its appearance, the firm said: “In considering the design elements of the project much has been done to continue the design theme recently provided further down King’s Road.

“The front facade is a combination of one and a half and two and a half storey elements, which blends in with the adjacent properties in terms of their mass and character.

“A mix of facing brickwork and render has been introduced to provide interest together with feature stone cills and copings.

“To provide further interest to the street scene elevation both red pantiles and slate roofing have been specified.

It added: “Feature metalwork balconies have been introduced to provide detailing to the first floor patio doors.”

The co-op is seeking approval to turn the former Elephant and Castle pub, in Hospital Road, into a funeral parlour.