Ipswich is set to get a new sushi restaurant after an application for a bar and takeaway in St Helen’s Street was submitted to Ipswich Borough Council and approved on Thursday. 

The empty shop at 6 St Helen’s Street, opposite the Regent Theatre in Ipswich, is a 17th-century timber-framed Grade II listed building.   

A planning statement showed that the applicant, being unaware of the historic significance of the building, had already started building works, and was seeking permission to do so retrospectively.  

The new sushi bar will be open from 10am to 12am every day and will create one full-time job opportunity. For further details, search Ipswich Borough Council’s planning portal using reference 23/00745/FUL. 

Meanwhile, controversial plans to build 24 new homes on land east of Capel Road in Bentley are set to be discussed by Babergh District Council next week.  

The plans were first published on the council’s planning portal on August 2, and show that eight of the 24 homes would be affordable housing.  

However, the plans have been met with criticism from residents, and the application has been recommended for refusal. To view the application in full, visit Babergh District Council’s planning portal using reference DC/23/03652. 

The deadlines to make representations ahead of two outstanding licensing applications in Ipswich are fast approaching.  

Sam Kebabs in Tacket Street has applied to serve late night refreshment from 11pm to 4am from Monday to Sunday. Meanwhile, new restaurant Taste of Tuscany has asked permission to supply alcohol both on and off its premises and to play recorded music from 8am to 10pm from Monday to Sunday. 

Ipswich Borough Council’s Licensing and Regulatory Committee will next meet on January 17.