Restaurant faces enforcement action
OWNERS of a new restaurant in the centre of a market town are being threatened with enforcement action over the replacement of an extraction flue.The new, larger flue has appeared on the roof of a restaurant called Off The Square in Church Street, Framlingham, owned by Stephen Matsell and Brian Norris.
By David Green
OWNERS of a new restaurant in the centre of a market town are being threatened with enforcement action over the replacement of an extraction flue.
The new, larger flue has appeared on the roof of a restaurant called Off The Square in Church Street, Framlingham, owned by Stephen Matsell and Brian Norris.
The pair say they have spent nearly £250,000 in refurbishing the premises which are Grade II listed and within the town's Conservation Area .
You may also want to watch:
However, while listed building consent was obtained for various alterations, officials say the new flue was installed without approval.
Now the owners have been told they may have to build a brick chimney to enclose the flue - to avoid damaging the streetscene.
- 1 Lorry driver hailed as hero after truck crushed in port accident
- 2 A12 closed following serious collision
- 3 Woodbridge bar owner to fight £1,000 fine for Covid rule breach
- 4 Man taken to hospital after 40ft container drops on lorry cab
- 5 Former Town defender could be in the frame to become Cook's No.2 after Richardson blow
- 6 Car SOS to feature family who lost father and son
- 7 Woman in critical condition and man arrested after serious A12 crash
- 8 French pop-up restaurant owner unveils new seaside hotel plan
- 9 Cage fighter Alex Reid jailed after OUR story exposes lie in insurance claim
- 10 Ipswich Debenhams to close on May 4 after the building is sold
A member of the public alerted Suffolk Coastal District Council to the appearance of the new flue in May and officials made an inspection.
The owners were consequently told the appearance was unacceptable and that action would have to be taken.
Mr Matsell and Mr Norris had the flue painted the same colour as the walls of the restaurant, to try to make it blend in more, but council officers say this is still not good enough.
Now they are recommending that enforcement action is taken to force the owners to put forward a solution which is acceptable.
Andy Knowles, a senior planning officer, said yesterday that it seemed that a chimney “of some description” would have to be built.
Mr Matsell said that while he had sympathy with the aims of the council in protecting the Conservation Area, he did not think that legal action was the way forward.
“We would prefer this to be dealt with by all parties coming together on site and thrashing out a solution.
“When we replaced the old flue we did not think it would cause a problem,” he said.
Mr Matsell said building a chimney from ground level to enclose the flue would cost thousands of pounds and appeared to be an outsize solution to a relatively small problem.