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Former Greyhound Inn in Flempton near Bury St Edmunds could be transformed into family home

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A pub near Bury St Edmunds which closed almost seven years ago could be converted into a five bedroom home.

The former Greyhound Inn is the only pub in Flempton but has not operated since 2015 and is described in a viability statement, submitted to West Suffolk Council, as being in a 'dilapidated condition'.

Rob Lond-Caulk, of RSLC Holdings Ltd, has submitted a planning application to the authority to transform the Grade II listed pub, in The Green, into a family home.

The Greyhound Inn in Flempton has been closed for almost seven years. Picture: Google
The Greyhound Inn in Flempton has been closed for almost seven years. Picture: Google

A planning statement said the proposal includes the removal of an 'ugly' side and back extension, which will be replaced with a 'more sympathetically designed' smaller extension.

An 'ugly' back commercial kitchen extension would also be removed and internal alterations made to the building.

The document said: "A great amount of care will be taken to ensure the historic fabric of the building will be retained and all new materials used will match existing."

The Greyhound pictured in 2013
The Greyhound pictured in 2013

The pub has been shut for almost seven years after Admiral Taverns decided to sell the site in 2015.

It was bought by the previous owner in 2016 who 'could not find a viable option for redeveloping the site'

The applicant bought the former pub at auction last September.

The planning statement said the pub closed as it was 'no longer viable'.

It added: "A viability study sets out a number of factors and concludes that it would not be viable to refurbish the public house and bring it back into use.

"It also confirms that, even if a significant investment was made to refurbish the public house, due to location, local competition and running, the public house use simply isn’t a viable option."