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Former Suffolk Hotel in Bury St Edmunds to be redeveloped after planning permission is granted



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Permission has been granted for a former town centre hotel, which has been closed for 25 years, to be restored.

The Suffolk Hotel, in Buttermarket, Bury St Edmunds, will be redeveloped and restored to its original use as part of the proposals.

Currently occupied by Waterstones and the vacant Edinburgh Woollen Mill, the application by Gatsby Retail Limited states that the retail units will remain and be incorporated into designs.

The former Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop in the Buttermarket. Picture: Mark Westley
The former Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop in the Buttermarket. Picture: Mark Westley

An entrance to the hotel will be created at the back of the premises in High Baxter Street.

The 30-bedroom hotel would create new jobs and bring 'all the secondary economic benefits of a more vibrant tourist market'.

A new atrium would be at the centre of the building on the first floor of the Grade II listed building.

The Suffolk Hotel closed in 1996
The Suffolk Hotel closed in 1996

Planning statements also state that the current café area in Waterstones would be incorporated into the new designs of the hotel.

Waterstones would be remodelled, with access no longer granted to the first floor.

A free bus service will also be provided from council car parks to the hotel due to their parking not being available on site.

The Bury St Edmunds Society said they support the plans as it will 'bring an active public use back into High Baxter Street.