Babergh District Council is opening the doors of Belle Vue House by appointment this month to ensure interested parties have all the information they need to submit future proposals for the building.
A Belle Vue House information pack consisting of plans, Land Registry details, photos and further guidance, has been made available on the Council website here to help interested parties prepare detailed proposals for how they could offer the building a financially viable future. House viewings are available during Monday 16 September and Thursday 26 September and appointments can be made via the website.
Formal expressions of interest for the building’s future use should be submitted to the council in writing by Friday 1 November. Further guidance on the information required as part of submissions is also available as part of the information pack.
At the same time as inviting the community to respond, the council has also instructed estate agents Strutt & Parker to explore whether there is any commercial interest in the property – before giving residents a say on a shortlist of financially viable proposals as part of a public consultation later in the year.
Emily Atack, Assistant Director of Assets and Investments at Babergh District Council said:
“We want to ensure that potentially interested parties have all the information they need in order to submit a detailed proposal for the future use of the house. We are keen to hear any proposals that can be shown to be financially viable and that would benefit Sudbury. In order to come up with those proposals, people need access to documentation and we recognise that they will also want to see the building for themselves. We are offering appointments to view the house and urge anyone with a legitimate, viable idea to take this opportunity to see it for themselves and submit their proposal so an informed decision can be made about its future.”
In the meantime, the council hopes to be in a position to submit a planning application for a proposed hotel and restaurant on the neighbouring former swimming pool site by the end of the year, with full public consultation as part of the planning process.
“We’re keen to share plans for the proposed hotel and restaurant as soon as possible, so that everyone can see and understand the plans in detail and understand exactly what the proposed development would mean for the area,” Emily added.
“We can then have a more meaningful conversation with Sudbury residents about the future of the whole of Belle Vue – the house, the former swimming pool site, and our future investment in the park – and, by working with the local community, come up with the best possible solution for residents, businesses and visitors to Sudbury.”
All information is available on the website, but in the event of any further enquiries, please contact the Belle Vue House Team.
Belle Vue House is located on Newton Road, Sudbury.