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Proposal submitted to turn derelict Haverhill pub next to A143 into a convenience store and drive-thru coffee shop





A pub that has stood derelict at the gateway to a Suffolk town for more than a decade could be demolished and replaced with a store and a drive-thru coffee shop.

A planning application has been submitted to West Suffolk Council for full permission to flatten the former Fox pub next to the A143 in Little Wratting on the edge of Haverhill and build a convenience store and drive-thru coffee shop.

The application includes the creation of 35 car parking spaces, four of those for disabled drivers and six spaces for cycles.

The Fox pub has for years stood derelict next to the A143 in Little Wratting, on the entrance to Haverhill. Picture: Mark Westley.
The Fox pub has for years stood derelict next to the A143 in Little Wratting, on the entrance to Haverhill. Picture: Mark Westley.

The application has been submitted in the name of Rutherford Holdings Ltd, a buyer and seller of real estate but the architects’ drawings submitted as part of the application bear the ASDA logo.

In April 2021 West Suffolk Council approved a full planning application by Darren Pomfrett, based in Ongar, Essex, to knock down the pub, which was formerly called the Rising Sun, and replace it with a new pub/restaurant.

At that stage the owner had hopes for the site to be turned into a Toby Carvery or Harvester-style chain pub/restaurant.

The Fox pub in Little Wratting near Haverhill next to the roundabout that serves the new north west Haverhill development. Picture: Mark Westley
The Fox pub in Little Wratting near Haverhill next to the roundabout that serves the new north west Haverhill development. Picture: Mark Westley

However, the site, which sits next to the north east Haverhill housing development and is separated from the 1,100-home north west Haverhill development by just 100 metres, was put back on the market in February 2023 and bought by a new owner.

Suffolk News has asked ASDA for more details about the application and to clarify how the retailer is involved.