Whole of former county council’s Bury St Edmunds headquarters could become hotel

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The entirety of Suffolk County Council’s former Bury St Edmunds headquarters could be converted into a hotel under new plans.

Premier Inn wants to open a 75 room hotel at Shire Hall, in Raingate Street, and is seeking permission from St Edmundsbury Borough Council to change the use of a part of the building still classified as offices.

The rest of the building already has approval for hotel use following an application last year based on plans for a Travel Lodge with 80 rooms which kept a small area for offices.

A design and access statement from agents MLT Architects said: “Since then an amended indicative layout has been produced which related to the aspirations for a Premier Inn. They required 75 rooms of a form which will also utilize the area previously retained for offices. This proposal seeks to incorporate the whole building for hotel use.”