Ipswich: Garland Pub could be converted for use as financial services offices

The Garland Pub and restaurant in Ipswich.

The Garland Pub and restaurant in Ipswich.

The future of what was a popular pub hangs in the balance after a change of use was granted for the site it stands on.

Local speculation suggested the Garland public house in Humber Doucy Lane was about to be demolished, but its new owners said a decision on what happens to the building has not been made.

One thing is certain though – it will no longer be a pub.

SEH Developments Limited acquired the site on September 5 and has been given permission to change its use from A4 (drinking establishment) to A2 (professional financial services).

Martin Blake, director at SEH Developments, said the plot could be put to other uses without the need for planning permission.

He said: “The site was owned by Enterprise Inns Plc who sold it because of its continued poor performance.

“The Garland has had a number of different landlords over the past five to 10 years or so trying different models of operation.

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“It is clear that public houses generally now face stiff competition from other leisure facilities and the taxation of alcohol, the smoking ban and the fear of a drink driving ban has affected turnover and profit and made many uneconomic businesses.

“Landlords are not able to provide a community service without a return on their investment and a living wage.

“No decisions have yet been taken with respect to the future of the Garland but consultations are taking place and all options are under consideration.”

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