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Public showcase on Sudbury's future to offer first glimpse of development proposals for Belle Vue Park

Future development proposals for Belle Vue Park in Sudbury will be unveiled for the first time at the end of this month, in an exhibition of major projects currently ongoing in the town.

St Peter’s on Market Hill is set to host a two-day public showcase event, titled What next for Sudbury?, offering the first glimpse of Babergh District Council’s proposals to build a hotel and restaurant on the park’s former swimming pool site.

It will also include details of the community and commercial bids – submitted towards the end of last year – for the future use of Belle Vue House and investment in the wider park.

Belle Vue House in Sudbury..Mark Bullimore Photography 2019. (16804143)
Belle Vue House in Sudbury..Mark Bullimore Photography 2019. (16804143)

Further details about the regeneration plans at St Peter’s, the ongoing work to upgrade the Kingfisher Leisure Centre, and the major redevelopment of Gainsborough’s House, will also be revealed, as will the findings of a recent town centre study, which was commissioned by Suffolk County Council and supported by the district council.

Babergh District Council leader John Ward said: “We are investing heavily and working with a number of partners to realise a vision for Sudbury and ensure a bright and healthy future for the town.

“We are now in a position to explain things in a joined-up way. By staging this exhibition, we want to be as open and public as possible in explaining our rationale and our thoughts for the future, giving the local community a chance to understand and also give their views.”

The exhibition, which was initially expected to take place in late 2019, before being delayed due to the general election, will be held on January 29 and 30, from 2pm to 7pm on both days.

Anybody unable to attend the showcase on either day will be able to access the information and provide their feedback online by going to www.baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk.