The redevelopment of Belle Vue House and the redundant swimming pool site in Sudbury and improvements for neighbouring Belle Vue Park are high on the agenda for Babergh District Council.
As part of our plan for Delivering a Vision of Prosperity for Sudbury, we have said that we want to:
- Regenerate the redundant swimming pool and adjacent buildings
- Deliver a new hotel and restaurant for Sudbury; attracting tourists and visitors to the town and creating new jobs
- Retain Belle Vue House for future alternative use
- Preserve and enhance Belle Vue Park for visitors as well as our community
- Enhance access to the park with public rights of way maintained throughout the hotel/restaurant development
Belle Vue House
We are currently inviting formal expressions of interest from any individuals or groups with a financially viable proposal for the future use of Belle Vue House.
We have produced an information pack and guidance to give interested parties information in order to submit their proposals by Friday 1 November 2019:
Disclaimer: All information is provided in order to help expressions of interest, but should not replace your own investigations.
Viewings of Belle Vue House, which is located on Newton Road, Sudbury, are available (by appointment only) on Monday 16 September and Thursday 26 September.
Information on how to book an appointment is included in the pack, together with photos, plans and details to help develop an expression of interest.
At the same time as inviting expressions of interest from the community, we have also instructed estate agents Strutt & Parker to see whether there is commercial interest in the property.
All proposals will then be considered, shortlisted, and shared as part of a public consultation later this year. A shortlist of financially viable proposals will be consulted on to determine the best future use for the building.
If you have any difficulties accessing the information online or have an additional query, please email our Belle Vue Team.
An Asset of Community Value (ACV)
An Asset of Community Value (ACV) is land or property of importance to a local community which is subject to additional protection under the Localism Act 2011.
It acts as the first stage in identifying and nominating buildings or land “that has recently been or is presently used to further the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community and could do so in the future.”
Once listed as an ACV with the local authority, the local community will be informed if the ACV is listed for sale within the five year listing period. The community can then enact the Community Right to Bid – which gives them a moratorium period of six months to determine if they can raise the finance to purchase the asset.
Belle Vue House and an adjacent area of land was registered as an ACV in March 2015. An intention to sell was made by the owner (in this case Babergh District Council) and the moratorium triggered in April 2015 but no intention to bid was received. In the event of any future intention to dispose of the land, the council will again trigger the moratorium in accordance with the statutory regulations.
Proposed Hotel and Restaurant
We aim to be in a position to submit a planning application for the proposed hotel and restaurant by the end of the year, with a full public consultation as part of the planning process. This means that everyone will be able to see plans in detail, have their say, and understand exactly what the proposed development would mean for the area.
Belle Vue Park
We are committed to maintaining Belle Vue Park as a green, open space with fit-for-purpose facilities for the whole community.
We have invested £150,000 in the multi-use games area, completed in November 2018, and the new skate/BMX park which opened in June 2019.
The old skate park area can now be redesigned, retaining a multi-purpose hard surface space that can be used for major town and community events such as the Carnival and Party in the Park.
As part of the wider redevelopment of Belle Vue we are now looking to use the opportunity to provide new equipment and amenities to further enhance the park.
We will continue to listen to the community about what facilities are required, now and in the future. We know, for example, that the old toilet block needs replacing and feedback from park users tells us it is not currently in the best location – especially for families with young children. So we want to use this opportunity to provide a modern facility in a more suitable location.
We also want to review play provision – ensuring it's inclusive for all – and update the current trim trail and fitness equipment. We welcome feedback on the park as part of the wider public consultation on the future of Belle Vue House and the proposed hotel and restaurant later this year.