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Bury St Edmunds former department store could be converted into shops and apartments in new plans




New plans have been submitted for a former department store in Bury St Edmunds town centre.

The former Palmers, in Abbeygate Street, would be transformed into two ground floor shops and eight apartments on the first, second and third floors in plans submitted by applicant CDP Ltd to West Suffolk Council.

The building has been empty since Palmers closed in January 2018 having traded at the site, known as Suffolk House, since 1961.

The former Palmers department store, in Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Mecha Morton
The former Palmers department store, in Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Mecha Morton

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A design, access and heritage statement said: "The current retail market and visibly empty units within the vicinity demonstrates the demand for one large retail unit is not currently viable.

"By splitting the unit into two smaller units the market requirement is more likely to be met and the possibility of securing a letting is increased.

"A smaller unit is much more desirable to independent retailers which particularly on Abbeygate Street are more prominent."

Permission was previously granted in April for offices on the first and second floors.

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