Plans submitted for former Argos store in Bury St Edmunds Butter Market
Two empty stores in Bury St Edmunds could be given new leases of life if ambitious plans are given the go-ahead.
The former Argos and Palmers stores, in the Butter Market, both closed early last year, with Argos moving its services to the Moreton Hall Sainsbury's. Both units have since been lying empty.
But plans submitted in December could see the former Argos store building transformed to offer four residential flats and parking for up to four cars and eight bikes as well as the retail or office space.
There are also plans for an outdoor courtyard space and rooftop garden.
The design and access statement which was submitted as part of the application said that the plan 'intends to retain the existing building and remodel it'.
It also said that the flats 'would provide much needed housing in the area'.
Bury St Edmunds Town Council has submitted 'no objection' to the plans, while the Bury Society described the application as 'well thought through' and one which 'will bring life back into the High Baxter Street area'.
Meanwhile the former Palmers fashion store, which is located on the corner of the Butter Market and Abbeygate Street, is currently available to let, with the possibility of being sub-divided into smaller retail units.