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Plans to extend Thurston Victoria pub submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council

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A closed Thurston pub could re-open and become a 'thriving' community hub, if extension plans are approved by Mid Suffolk District Council.

Greene King has applied for a garden room extension and alterations including a coffee shop and bakery at the Victoria Inn, in Norton Road.

The pub, which was once surrounded by fields but is now surrounded by modern housing developments in various stages of completion, is in need of a revamp and investment according to documents submitted to planners.

The Thurston Victoria in 2012
The Thurston Victoria in 2012

The proposal would see the pub return to being a 'high-quality pub and dining venue' with a supporting coffee shop and bakery 'to provide a strong all-day offer to allow the pub to survive in an increasingly difficult marketplace'.

A design and access statement by architecture and design firm Quarter and Forge said: "The pub has been sat vacant for some time and with the proposed development there is the plan to turn the pub into a thriving pub for the community.

"The garden would be redeveloped forming an external part-covered terrace area for dining and drinking. This will be supported by an external kitchen and bar to allow the pub to grow its trade seamlessly in the summer months."

Internet access and seating with charging ports would allow those working from home the chance to work remotely at the pub instead.

Meanwhile, if the scheme is approved a new timber-framed garden room would be built where the existing conservatory stands, with the garden room extending to the size of the pub's current walled patio area.

"The impact of the development on the site would be to return the pub to a thriving business for the local and wider community whereas currently the site is closed and vacant. The principle of the refurbishment is to reinvigorate and further the business and move it forwards to ensure its success," said the design and access statement.

"The size of the site will allow the pub to expand its offer over time, allowing it to host local events in the wider garden area and become a real hub of the community again."

Thurston Parish Council said it supported the plans and looked forward to the pub's re-opening at 'the earliest opportunity', however added there could be a parking problem if the inn proved popular.

The pub has a 26-space car park.