Cupola House rebuild in Bury St Edmunds is granted planning permission

Cupola House
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Plans to rebuild Cupola House in Bury St Edmunds following a devastating fire a year ago, have today been approved by St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

The plans which included an application for listed building planning approval, were passed by St Edmundsbury Borough Council subject to 17 different planning conditions.

A council spokeswoman said the 17 conditions were there to make sure the project met English Heritage Grade I listed building requirements.

The building served as an Italian restaurant for Strada.

Building owners OMC Investments, were behind the planning and listed building application for the reconstruction of the building.

The application included putting in an internal steel frame, rebuilding the four storey rear of the building and reinstalling the cupola, roof and chimneys.

The Bury Society supported the proposal.

However there were some objections. A resident of Crown Street said: “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.”

Councill officers in a report presented to the committee argued in favour of the scheme.

“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,” the report said,

Strada hopes to reopen in Cupola House next summer.