Plans to turn a village pub into a home has received hundreds of objections. 

A proposal has been submitted to East Suffolk Council to change the use of the Queen pub in The Street, Brandeston.

The pub has remained shut since November 2022, but residents in Brandeston have been campaigning for it to reopen as there are no other pubs in the village. 

Now the plans have received 245 objections on the council's planning portal. 

Of those objections is Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter who said he was "concerned" about the proposal

He added: "Should the application be approved, this will deprive Brandeston of a much needed community hub and in my view, this risks changing the character of this historic village forever.

"I would urge that due consideration is given to this important application."

Among the planning documents submitted alongside the application is a viability report for the pub, conducted by Savills.

The report highlights the pub's dwindling revenues it has made in the last five years, including a £118,474 loss in 2018.

It concludes that The Queen "is not a viable business in both the short term and long term following refurbishment".

In November, Brandeston Parish Council said they believe the Queen could be a "successful pub" both for villagers and for those from further afield.

The council's clerk John Spacey, speaking on behalf of the council, said: "We are concerned and disappointed to lose an asset and focal point for the community. I am sure that most villagers share my view."

The proposal has received six supporting statements on the online portal.