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Disused pub on the A143 near Haverhill set to be demolished and a new pub/restaurant built




The site of the derelict Fox pub on the A143 entrance to Haverhill could become home to a Harvester or Toby Carvery-style pub.

West Suffolk Council has now approved a full planning application by Darren Pomfrett, based in Ongar, Essex, to knock down the pub and replace it with a new pub/restaurant.

The Fox - formerly The Rising Sun - has stood empty for more than a decade and has become dilapidated.

The Fox pub in Little Wratting near Haverhill. Picture by Mark Westley.
The Fox pub in Little Wratting near Haverhill. Picture by Mark Westley.

Mr Pomfrett's agent, MP Architects, in Ongar, said in a design, access and planning statement as part of the application, that the currently front of and behind the pub, means it would once more become a viable business.

It added: "It is proposed to be a development which could be taken over by a Toby Carvery or Harvester type chain for a restaurant/pub use, in order to serve the new local community which will be surrounding this site

"Initial consultations have been made to assess the viability of this proposal.

The Fox pub in Little Wratting near Haverhill, with the new road layout and roundabout next to it. Picture by Mark Westley
The Fox pub in Little Wratting near Haverhill, with the new road layout and roundabout next to it. Picture by Mark Westley

"My client has interested parties willing to take on this proposal, which is to demolish the existing pub and develop this site."

The new roundabout and road layout completed earlier this month that provides access to the new Persimmon Homes housing at Boyton Place, also means the the Fox is no longer as close to the A143 into Haverhill as it once was.

The design and access statement added: "The access to this public house and restaurant would now be good, considering the infrastructure changes and new roundabout adjoining this site.

"This will provide a much better and safer vehicular access to the property.

"Three disabled car spaces are provided for visitors near to the entrance."

Parking would also be provided for 50 cars, four motorbikes and six bicycles.

It is intended that the restaurant would seat 60 diners and the bar have seating for 32 more customers.

The derelict Fox pub in Little Wratting, next to the A143 near Haverhill. Picture by Mark Westley.
The derelict Fox pub in Little Wratting, next to the A143 near Haverhill. Picture by Mark Westley.

One rebuilt, the building would also be set further back from the road.

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