Proposals for bar and restaurant

CONCERNS have been raised that plans to set up a new bar and restaurant in Bury St Edmunds town centre could create increased traffic, noise and anti-social behaviour.

Objections have been submitted to St Edmundsbury Borough Council over the proposals to convert a two-storey building, in St Andrew’s Street South, which was recently constructed as an office.

The development includes a new boundary wall, fume extraction system and an outside seating area.

In correspondance to the council, Graeme Kirk, senior partner at Gross and Co Solicitors, in Guildhall Street, raised ocncerns over increased traffic, pedestrian safety, anti-social behaviour and noise. Meanwhile, Gordon Ellis, of Merrifields, acting on behalf of Acer Developments, which owns a property in Guildhall Street, said the move would ‘extend the bar circuit of the town’ and nearby residents would ‘suffer significant loss of amenity’.

Planning officers recommended that the council’s development control committee approve the proposal at its meeting yesterday, concluding that it would ‘not have a significant adverse impact on neighbouring residential amenity, highway safety or traffic generation’. A condition states the premises would be open from 11am to 11pm throughout the week.

The plans were given the go-ahead by councillors.