Dismay at plans for housing

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A PUB, which has been serving ales in Bury St Edmunds for more than 130 years, could make way for housing.

The site of The Falcon, in Risbygate Street, is earmarked for development into three three-bedroom homes after brewery Greene King decided it was not longer ‘viable’.

The move has angered the Suffolk Campaign For Real Ale (Camra), which says the pub should be given the chance to continue serving its local community.

The group has submitted an argument to planners calling on them to protect community pubs and emphasising the cultural and historical importance of The Falcon.

“It has served the community to the west of the town since 1869. It deserves a chance to survive and continue to serve the social needs of the community and the nearby college,” said John Gagen, a Camra member.

“Camra is against the closing of any pub, as they provide a variety of choice for people. We are also aware that poor trade can be caused by brewers charging the pubs too much for their beer, not the lack of business in the pub itself.”

Greene King says that due to poor trading conditions, competition from nearby pubs and the availability of cheap alcohol from supermarkets, it cannot afford to keep running The Falcon.

A statement from the brewer said: “The Falcon pub in Bury has been unviable for some time and we have therefore decided to apply to convert the site into housing.”

Consultation on the application, which will be decided by St Edmundsbury Borough Council, closes on Wednesday.