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Babergh District Council considers its options over future of key sites in Sudbury

Posted by Communications on 4 January 2023 | Comments

Babergh District Council is considering its next steps over the future of key sites near the centre of Sudbury.

It is assessing its options around the derelict Belle Vue House and the adjacent former swimming pool site.

A land sale agreement was previously reached with Churchill Retirement Living, which would have seen Belle Vue House converted into two homes and a comprehensive redevelopment of the adjacent old swimming pool site into retirement accommodation.

The Council’s cabinet has previously decided that proceeds from the sale would fund Babergh’s own plans to transform the Belle Vue Park entrance – creating a more accessible and visible gateway to the town centre with the future addition of a café and toilets.

However, in September, Churchill’s planning application was rejected. The sale of the land was conditional on planning approval, and the deadline for a revised application has now passed.

As a result, the council will be assessing its options for the future of the sites. Due to the current condition of Belle Vue House and given there was previously significant interest from developers in restoring the building, the council is committed to finding a new owner for the house as soon as possible in 2023.

It will also be engaging with stakeholders and the local community about possible next steps for the vacant old swimming pool site.

Cllr John Ward, council leader and cabinet member for economic growth, said:

“Our ambition to regenerate Belle Vue House and the adjacent site is an important part of wider vision for Sudbury. It is right that we continue to seek the best possible solution for the town, the council and local community - and also obtain the finances to afford this.

“We understand there are extremely difficult economic conditions, however, the council is still committed to delivering its approved plans for park accessibility and activity improvements.”