Drum and Monkey pub in Ipswich to come down before the end of spring

The former Drum and Monkey pub in Princes Street, Ipswich. Picture: PAUL GEATER

The former Drum and Monkey pub in Princes Street, Ipswich. Picture: PAUL GEATER - Credit: Archant

The former Drum and Monkey pub in Princes Street in Ipswich is expected to be demolished by the end of next month.

The site is expected to become a 28-vehicle extension to Ipswich Council’s Portman Road car park while the long-term future of that part of town is decided.

An outline planning application to use the site as a temporary car park was approved by the borough last year, but a full application still has to be debated by the planning and development committee next Wednesday.

Officers recommend that the application is approved – saying is it a “modest” increase in the number of car parking spaces and that it would tidy up a derelict site while increasing space for workers in nearby offices.

If that is approved, work to extend the car park is due to start soon after the building is demolished – with the car park open for business by the summer.

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