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Bury St Edmunds/Kedington: Alternative uses have been proposed for two shut pubs

19:00 14 January 2014

The Minden Rose  in Bury St Edmunds. Taken in 2008.

The Minden Rose in Bury St Edmunds. Taken in 2008.

Alternative uses have been put forward for two shut pubs in west Suffolk.


Kids Play Childcare is interested in turning the Minden Rose in Newmarket Road, Bury St Edmunds, into a nursery.

And Greene King Retailing Ltd is proposing that the White Horse pub in Kedington – which stopped trading in August 2011 – becomes a family home.

In a recent East Anglian Daily Times article, Bob Whittle, regional director of estate agent Fleurets, said about half of the pubs they sell will remain as pubs while the other half are destined to become business or residential properties.

A design, planning and access statement, prepared by Caldecotte Consultants, on behalf of Greene King, said residential use was the only viable option to ensure the restoration of the White Horse, which is a Grade II listed building dating back to the early 19th Century.

It said: “Bringing this prominent listed building back into a viable and active use should weigh heavily in favour of approving this development. The works to be undertaken to this listed building would better reveal its significance and would protect this historic fabric of the building. The property has been disused for over 28 months and been marketed for sale for over 24 months without success.”

A heritage impact assessment, submitted with the planning application, said the alterations would not unreasonably affect the character of the building.

A spokeswoman for Kids Play Childcare said the company, which has a nursery at the town’s Station Hill, was looking to open a second nursery in Bury. “It will provide another 60 nursery places for children between the age of six weeks to five years,” she said.

Greene King closed the Minden Rose in spring last year and put it up for sale. “We are currently in discussions with a potential buyer, the details of which must remain confidential at this stage,” a Greene King spokeswoman said.

Rollers UK Ltd, the holding company for Kids Play Childcare, and Greene King Retailing Ltd have submitted planning applications to St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

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