Sudbury Vision for Prosperity (VFP)
Babergh District Council is driving forward prosperity and as Sudbury is the nucleus of the District, success here is crucial to the prosperity of the whole community. There are many different opinions to consider in mapping out the future of the town and our starting point has been to discuss and understand the views of the local community.
We were proud to launch the VFP Action Plan on 21 June 2018 in Sudbury when Sudbury Town Council hosted the Suffolk Day event.
You can keep up to date by following our Social Media Twitter page at #VFPSudbury
Making it happen
To help us deliver more for the Sudbury area, Babergh District Council has submitted an Expression of Interest to the Government's £675m FUTURE HIGH STREET FUND to assist transformation of our town centre
Our Vision For Prosperity Action Plan is the basis of the bid, so we are proposing to strengthen the creative, cultural, tourism and leisure offer that is anchored by Gainsborough's House and St Peter's, supported by the proposed Hamilton Road Quarter development and the proposals for Market Hill. Developing these assets will support the more traditional retail functions of the High Street and ensure the long-term success of our town centre through increased footfall as well as mixed uses and more choice.
Securing a Future High Street Fund grant could unlock additional support and investment, as well as stimulate interest in our town from the private sector. For example; if national operators see that our town is prosperous and growing, then they may look to invest here too, strengthening further our status as a destination centre.
Access to the funds through a competitive process and we have prepared our best possible case to access up to £25m for Sudbury. At this stage it is only an Expression of Interest and if we are successful and invited into the second round, the detail and specific projects will be worked up over the Summer - again in competitive process.
Whether we are successful in Future High Street Fund bid or not, we will continue ti invest in the area and develop more investment projects to improve the local business prospects and the quality of life for residents.
Past VFP Actions
We started it all off with a public display on 11 October 2017. It was obvious that people are passionate about the town, as over 400 response comments were received, as well as numerous conversations taking place.
See the October Display Material
The display material provoked many comments, but the overwhelming issue was the perception that the town is constantly being considered for major regeneration projects but that they are not delivered, and no information is forthcoming. Consequently, there is little positivity in residents and in potential investors in the area.
We have listened and the Action Plan contains up to date information about issues that matter most to you. Our partners have shared this journey and we look to them to help us ensure that the people of Sudbury and the surrounding villages receive the best possible service as we look to the future
We hope you are as excited about this new era in Sudbury’s timeline as we are, but please don’t think that “this is it”! We look forward to keeping Delivering a Vision for Prosperity going as we develop more projects and ideas, and reshape our services to better meet your needs.