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Planning approval has been granted for changes to a prominent Bury St Edmunds block of flats under construction.

The Lantern, in Tayfen Road, has been given the green light by West Suffolk Council for changes to its Ipswich Street car park exit and gates, an extra car parking space, an external entrance to a gym and landscaping changes.

A planning officer said: "The changes are minimal and largely inconsequential given the scale and appearance otherwise of the building and the overall appearance of the development will be similar to that previously approved.

A car park exit has remained unfiinished and is an 'eyesore' according to a nearby resident to the Lantern, in Tayfen Road (57879935)
A car park exit has remained unfiinished and is an 'eyesore' according to a nearby resident to the Lantern, in Tayfen Road (57879935)

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"As such the physical changes to the building are considered to be acceptable in design terms and will not have an adverse impact on the street scene or wider character."

The officer added that the proposed trees within tree pits were considered to be too small for the scale of development, while too many small planters were proposed along the Tayfen Road frontage.

Following discussions with the developer, the plans were amended to make the planters as large as possible.

Work on the 46-flat scheme is nearing completion, while a Nisa convenience store is set to open on its ground floor within weeks.