Society plans to bring boarded-up pub back to life

Elephant and Castle pub in Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds
Elephant and Castle pub in Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds
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A funeral parlour could soon breathe life into a boarded up Bury St Edmunds pub.

The former Elephant and Castle, in Hospital Road, has remained unused since closing in August 2012.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council has received a listed building consent to carry out alterations and improvements to the ground floor of the property, which dates from 1840, to enable it to become a funeral parlour.

The proposal, by the East of England Co-operative Society, involves creating a reception area, arranging office, chapel of rest, body and coffin storage areas and toilet facilities.

In its application, the society says it hopes the transfer of the business to ‘more suitable premises’ will enable the business to grow and allow it to provide new services such as the operation of bereavement support groups and one-to-one bereavement counselling sessions, with clients to benefit from greater access and privacy if it is successful.

It has also submitted a planning application for a change of use for the pub’s first floor flat ‘to enable it to be let on an independent basis’.

Comments can be made on the applications until October 10 and 15 respectively.