Plan to convert St Andrew's Street North shops and offices into homes and build flats at rear
Planners are considering an application to convert shops and offices in Bury St Edmunds town centre into three homes and build two flats on land to the rear.
The scheme would see numbers 2, 3 and 4 St Andrew's Street North revert to their former residential status and a existing basement barbers shop retained, while a two-storey garage on land at the rear of 106-108 Risbygate Street – directly behind 2-4 St Andrew's Street North – would be demolished and replaced with two flats.
Applicants Thingoe Developments Limited said the St Andrew's Street shops had been empty for a number of years, adding: "It is believed the proposals offer conservation benefits and would enhance the character of the conservation area and make a positive contribution to 'St Andrew's Quarter'."
The Bury Society said the rear gardens for 2-4 St Andrew's Street North should be retained at their current size on the basis 'it is simply not sustainable to have their amenity space reduced to an area not much larger than a shower tray'.
Bury Town Council has objected on the grounds of overlooking, loss of amenity and damage to buildings of historical interest in a conservation area.
Adnan Ahmed, who runs Orissa at 108 Risbygate Street, raised concerns over the impact on common ground and his business.
He said: "We object to the whole proposal as it is not workable for us to trade and live freely. It would be obstructive, disruptive and unsafe."
Other Risbygate Street residents are also concerned about the impact on car parking and common ground at the rear of their properties.
A St Edmundsbury Borough Council spokesman said a consultation on amended plans finished on Wednesday. From there, the application could go to delegation panel or be referred to the development control committee.