A six-bedroom bed and breakfast will be built in a west Suffolk village after plans put to a council were given the green light. 

An application for a new building to be built behind The Beehive Inn in Horringer, near Bury St Edmunds, was submitted to West Suffolk Council in June and, on September 15, planners gave it the go-ahead. 

The single-storey building, which will be constructed on a third of an acre of land to the rear of the car park, will be complete with six bedrooms and will be used for bed and breakfast accommodation. 

A previous application for a six-room B&B was approved by West Suffolk Council in August 2020 and had three years to begin development.

In a statement to the council, the applicant said the B&B would "hopefully secure the long-term future of the pub and result in a compatible and sustainable new use for the area of car park."

"After numerous changes in kitchen management have failed to improve the fortunes of the Beehive, it may be that the addition of bed and breakfast business may be the only way to avoid the pub closing for good," they added.

The now-approved rooms will have a low roof pitch containing vaulted ceilings with skylights to allow for natural light. 

No changes will be made to the existing pub and the property will not be visible from the road.