Councillors to visit Bury St Edmunds fish and chip shop over expansion plans

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Councillors are due to visit a fish and chip shop in Bury St Edmunds tomorrow before deciding whether to overrule their officers and allow its expansion plans.

Abdullah Gokteke wants to expand his fish and chip shop in Risbygate Street into an American style diner, creating 14 new jobs.

But English Heritage has raised concerns that the plans which include building an extension at the back, would lead to the loss of rooves over a 16th century staircase turret and 18th century staircase wing, in a Grade II listed building.

“The loss of fabric, impact on the appearance of the rear elevation and alteration of these elements that show the progression of the building, would cause harm to the listed building,” it says in a report due to be considered by St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development control committee tomorrow.

The council’s own conservation officer said the extension would obscure a significant part of the listed building, and said backed English Heritage’s concerns over the loss of rooves.  

Planning officers have recommended refusal.