A planning application to convert a former pub on the Suffolk-Essex border into a home has been refused. 

In March, Braintree District Council received a planning application to turn the Pinkuah Arms in Pentlow, near Sudbury.  

Braintree District Council refused the application because it would result in the loss of a community facility without an appropriate marketing exercise. 

The council added: "The proposed conversion would lead to a loss of its historic, social and communal values, resulting in harm to a non-designated heritage asset by dilution of its historic significance.

"The applicant fails to provide sufficient information to demonstrate that the public house use is unviable and also fails to demonstrate that all other reasonable options for retaining the facility have been considered. There is also no structural survey to confirm that the proposed conversion is feasible."

According to the design and access statement submitted alongside the application, the pub would have been transformed into a family home with two or three bedrooms if the scheme was given the green light.