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Plan for pizza takeaway at Howard estate shops prompts residents' post office call

Plans for another takeaway on a Bury St Edmunds housing estate have met resistance from residents.

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Papa Johns pizza has applied for planning permission for a takeaway at the former Howard estate post office site, at 9 St Olaves Precinct.

There are already six takeaways at the precinct, including pizza, kebab, Chinese, Indian, fish and chips and a Subway, with the proprietor of one saying another would bring his ‘company’s end’ due to saturation of the local market.

Many residents living nearby said the estate did not need another takeaway and called for an alternative tenant, with a post office, barbers or dry cleaners among the suggestions.

A St Olaves Road resident said: “We have so many takeaways for a small estate. Having another will cause more problems with parking, rubbish and noise. Howard estate needs something that everyone can benefit from, like a post office, which is very missed.”

A Deck Walk resident said: “This estate needs something like a post office, like we did before that helped so many.”

Jamie Bridges, of nearby Beard Road, said: “We don’t need another takeaway shop on the Howard shopping precinct. We need a post office or a bakery.”

A Severn Road resident said: “This will only bring more litter and be a negative for the good work the council has completed in raising the standard of St Olaves Precinct.”

The former estate post office closed in February 2017 when the premises were withdrawn at short notice.

At that time, a Post Office spokesman said it was working hard to restore services to St Olaves as quickly as possible, however a post office has not yet returned to the estate.

A Post Office spokeswoman apologised for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure.

"We are committed to restoring a Post Office in the St Olaves Precinct area. We have been in discussion with a retailer to see if this can be progressed further," she added.

Since the shop’s lease became available in August 2017, agents L&C Investments said interest had been received from a tanning salon, coffee shop and barber, however all had decided not to proceed.

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