Councillors on St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s deveopment control committee are expected to give planning permission to the rebuilding of Cupola House in Bury St Edmunds next Thursday (4).
The building which served as an Italian restaurant for Strada, was devastated by a fire a year ago.
A planning and listed building application for the reconstruction of the building including an internal steel frame, four storey rear of the building and reinstatement of the Cupola, roof and chimneys has been applied for by owners OMC Investments.
While the Bury Society supports the proposal, and other authorities have not objected, a resident of Crown Street has objetced saying: “The building appears to be being rebuilt primarily for commercial premises as a restaurant which compromises the character and history of the building.
“In particular the use of the upper floors and provision of dumb waiters are indicative of the commercial emphasis at the expense of the originality of the building.”
But council officers argue this will be done without harming the ‘fabric’ of the building.
They added: “Any harm that is considered to be caused to the building has to be weighed against the public benefit of the proposals, including securing its optimum viable use of the building.”
Strada meanwhile hopes to reopen in Cupola House next summer.