More time for Debenham pub

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A deadline for ambitious plans at a north Suffolk pub has been extended by Mid Suffolk District Council.

The Cherry Tree Inn, Debenham, has been closed for more than five years, but was bought in 2010 and was granted planning permission for a number of improvements by the council in September 2011.

The plans included a café, homes, retail space, and access improvements.

Two-four bedrooms houses have been completed and sold, while another two have been constructed but require further funds to complete.

Work has since begun to renovate the pub, in Cherry Tree Lane, but planning documents reveal it will be £220,000 more expensive than originally anticipated.

It is hoped the pub will be re-opened by 2015.

District councillor for Debenham Kathie Guthrie told the Diss Express the news was “very positive.”

“It is disappointing that is could not be open sooner rather than later but we have to work in the economic climate,” she said.

“We are really enthusiastic. Debenham is vibrant and we want to keep it that way.”

The council voted in favour of extending the deadline. This means that within 18 months of the final property being sold, the pub must re-open.

Previously, the deadline was set at six months.