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Further plans submitted to transform former Palmers department store in Bury St Edmunds




Further plans have been submitted to transform a former department store in Bury St Edmunds town centre.

CDP Ltd has sought permission from West Suffolk Council to replace windows and create a timber shopfront at the former Palmers, in Abbeygate Street.

It follows the approval of proposals to convert the massive building, known as Suffolk House, into two ground floor shops and eight apartments on the first, second and third floors.

The former Palmers, in Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mecha Morton
The former Palmers, in Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mecha Morton

The site has stood empty since Palmers closed in January 2018 having traded there since 1961.

Under the new plans, 26 timber windows on the first and second floors will be replaced with new timber sliding sash windows.

A heritage statement said it would introduce the original window range back into the building.

Meanwhile, the existing aluminium shopfront will be replaced with a timber shopfront.

A heritage statement said the proposal 'aims to improve the street scene and closer reflects what would have been originally', noting that Abbeygate Street is 'characterised by timber shopfronts'.

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