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Belle Vue Park proposals on agenda for Sudbury meeting

PUBLISHED: 05:30 20 March 2019

The yellow area shows the potential land in Belle Vue Park which could be developed under the plans Picture: BABERGH DISTRICT COUNCIL/GOOGLE MAPS

The yellow area shows the potential land in Belle Vue Park which could be developed under the plans Picture: BABERGH DISTRICT COUNCIL/GOOGLE MAPS

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Controversial plans to develop part of Belle Vue Park will be discussed at Sudbury Town Council's annual meeting tonight.

Babergh leader John Ward said there was no threat to Belle Vue Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNBabergh leader John Ward said there was no threat to Belle Vue Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Babergh District Council leader Councillor John Ward will outline the proposals to the meeting for a hotel and restaurant – believed to be a Premier Inn and a Beefeater - at Sudbury Town Hall.

This week the council published a factsheet with details on its proposals for Belle Vue Park, which will see the derelict former swimming pool and a small part of the space transformed.

The council has pledged to preserve Belle Vue House and the park as a green space and says there will be “no net loss of amenities”.

The potential area for development includes the derelict former swimming pool, land where the vandalised aviaries stood, the existing toilet block, a former boiler house and diesel tank, Belle Vue House car park and a small children’s play area.

Belle Vue Park in SudburyBelle Vue Park in Sudbury

Proposals for the hotel and restaurant were first shared last year as part of the Sudbury Vision for Prosperity document.

Some in the town believe the scheme would be damaging to the park. A protest rally has been organised there on April 6.

But Cllr Ward said on Monday: “It’s time residents’ minds were put at rest. There will be no net loss of amenities at Belle Vue Park – only gain.

“Belle Vue House and the vast majority of the green areas of the park are unaffected by the scheme, which is mainly on derelict land where the old pool was sited.

“We stand by our previous commitment that any redevelopment of this site must secure the best possible outcome for Sudbury and the district as a whole.

“This means helping the local economy grow, supporting tourism, providing jobs for local people, and maintaining Belle Vue Park as a green, open space with fit-for-purpose facilities for the whole community.”

The meeting will also see other services on show including Sudbury Library, Sudbury Ephemera Group, the police and safer neighbourhood team, and the chance to speak to town and county councillors.

It takes place in the assembly room of Sudbury Town Hall from 7pm to 9pm.

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