The Chestnut Group has been given the official go ahead to convert a former guest house in Bury St Edmunds into a booming boutique hotel.
The group’s application to transform Ounce House in Northgate Street into a 9-bedroom hotel has been approved by councillors and will become the third property in The Chestnut Group’s portfolio.
Ounce House was previously being run as a five-star guest house by Simon and Jenny Pott before it was acquired by Chestnut in January this year.
Now work will begin on turning the property into a 9-bedroom boutique, which when completed, will create around 26 jobs.
The hotel will join the Packhorse Inn at Moulton near Newmarket and the Rupert Brooke at Grantchester near Cambridge that already make up the Chestnut Group.
Speaking to East Anglian Daily Times, Chestnut managing director Philip Turner said: “It has been a challenging time but the important thing is that we have the right result. We have listened to the concerns of the neighbours and have amended the plans accordingly where the suggestions were feasible but still commercial.
“We have also taken on board the very constructive communications we have had with officials responsible for the continuing development of Bury St Edmunds, as both a tourist destination and a great place to work and live.”
Group general manager Steve Smith joined Chestnut in September from Sodexo Prestige where he was responsible for catering at local venues including the Apex, the Athenaeum and the Abbey Gardens.
He added: “The fact that, in overseeing Ounce House, I would still be very much involved with Bury St Edmunds, was one of the attractions of the job with the Chestnut.
“I know Bury St Edmunds well and I look forward to once again being an active member of its thriving business community.”