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Former Burton shop in Sudbury set to become a restaurant

PUBLISHED: 17:51 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 18:11 17 March 2017

The YMCA shop in Market Hill, Sudbury. Picture: CHRIS SHIMWELL

The YMCA shop in Market Hill, Sudbury. Picture: CHRIS SHIMWELL

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Another shop could soon close for good in Sudbury’s town centre – this time to make room for a restaurant.

Every attempt has been made to find a buyer for the former Burton store on Market Hill but now a planning application has been approved by Babergh District Council to see the ground floor become a restaurant. It has been a temporary home to the charity YMCA shop in the meantime since Burton left 15 Market Hill in early 2015.

Chris Storey, from the town’s chamber of commerce, said: “I think at the moment the planning department need to consider the balance of what’s on the high street and Market Hill and the demand there is. The change is that the property has been up to let for a considerable time period while the YMCA have been in there. If it’s the right option, it’s difficult to argue with market forces. High street retail is in a difficult position.”

It was recently announced that North Street was to lose its Argos and Poundland branches. Poundland closed on March 11 and Argos will shut on April 25. Currently, the YMCA is not planning to close imminently.

A spokesman said: “I can confirm we have a temporary lease on that shop but that we have not been given any notice to leave by the landlord.”

A second application is currently with Babergh to change the remainder of the ground floor space to become a one-bedroom flat, plus three more flats on the first floor. The building is owned by London-based company Tempohase Ltd, which is the applicant.

“The ground floor of the property was last used as a charity shop, though only the front portion of the premises was in retail use,” says a planning and heritage statement submitted with the report. “The majority of the premises appears to be used for ancillary storage. The upper floors of the site have all been stripped out and the timber framework and wattle and daub panels have been left exposed.”

The building is Grade-II heritage listed.

Mr Storey added Burton had used the building for a long time before leaving in early 2015.

“It’s a use that’s been there for a long time,” he said. “The high street is changing and you can’t buck the market. Where people will spend money determines what shops or other facilities go into buildings.”

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