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Six bids to purchase and develop Belle Vue land in Sudbury up for consideration at pivotal Babergh District Council cabinet meeting

The future direction of Belle Vue in Sudbury is set to be determined this week, as district leaders assesses development proposals for council-owned land, to support wider ambitions to regenerate the town.

Babergh District Council’s cabinet will meet on Thursday afternoon, to review commercial and community bids to purchase a parcel of land, which includes Belle Vue House and part of the former swimming pool site.

Six formal proposals are up for consideration, all of which intend to retain Belle Vue House for various potential uses.

A concept image of the proposed new entrance for Belle Vue Park in Sudbury. Picture supplied by Babergh District Council. (44861189)
A concept image of the proposed new entrance for Belle Vue Park in Sudbury. Picture supplied by Babergh District Council. (44861189)

One bid seeks to build a new care home on the former pool site, with a communal conversion of the house, while another wants to turn the house into two homes, alongside a new retirement living development.

Two further residential plans were put forward, as well as two separate community bids one suggesting a range of community uses for Belle Vue House, and the other proposing a mixed residential and community regeneration of the building.

A report submitted to the cabinet recommended that up to 100 per cent of the money generated from selling this land be used to help create a new, expanded entrance for Belle Vue Park, with a café, toilet facilities and improved public space.

The 0.43-hectare plot was openly marketed for sale between December and mid-February, after plans for a hotel and restaurant collapsed last year due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, forcing the authority to pursue alternatives.

Cllr Michael Holt, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for economic growth and chairman of the Sudbury Vision Steering Group, said: “Despite having to revisit our plans for Sudbury, because of the impact Covid-19, I’m pleased we’re now in a position to consider new opportunities.

“There are many initiatives being driven forward in Sudbury which support businesses, the incredible cultural offer as well as leisure activities.

“All of which will provide a boost for Sudbury, helping it to continue to be an attractive place to live, work and visit for many years to come.”

The cabinet meeting will begin at 5.30pm on Thursday, and will live-streamed online via the district council’s YouTube channel, with a replay available to view afterwards.

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