Plans to convert a village pub into a home have been refused due to the detriment it would pose on the community. 

East Suffolk Council received plans to turn The Queen pub in Brandeston into a home in December last year.

The applicants had previously stated the pub, which shut in 2022, was "not a viable business".

East Anglian Daily Times: Campaigners rallied to keep the pubCampaigners rallied to keep the pub (Image: Matthew Usher)

Huge swathes of objections were submitted in response to the application as villagers campaigned to keep their pub open. 

Dr Dan Poulter, who represents Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, criticised the plans and said East Suffolk Council "should do the right thing".

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Refusing the plans, the district authority said: "The loss of the public house would be to the detriment of the social and cultural well-being of the local community."

They added that a viability statement submitted as part of the proposals does not prove, "beyond reasonable doubt, that the use is not viable".

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