A set of plans to change the signs of a former WHSmith store to a new coffee shop have been refused. 

Esquires Coffee submitted an application to Babergh District Council for signage on the former Market Hill store in Sudbury. 

In the plans the applicant submitted pictures of the proposed new signs on the former book shop. 

The council refused the plans as it is "considered to be out of character and presents an inconsistent feature that would be detrimental to the Sudbury Conservation Area," the planning document said. 

WHSmith announced it would close its Sudbury store last year as they were "unable to continue to trade viably from this location". 

The closure also meant the town temporarily lost its Post Office before it moved into the Borehamgate Precinct.