Sizewell: Historic coastguard lookout being sold by Suffolk Coastal District Council

SIZEWELL: For generations it has been a vital lookout for those keeping a watchful eye on the Suffolk coast.

And now members of the public have a chance to get their hands on a very special historic landmark.

Suffolk Coastal District Council has put the Grade II listed former coastguard lookout on Sizewell beach on the market.

The building is available on a 125-year lease and could potentially be converted into a holiday home, subject to planning approval and listed building consent.

It is believed to be one of the first coastguard lookouts in the country and retains some of its original features, including a triangular bay window, a fireplace and a musket rack.

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The council is trying to save money and has been reviewing its assets and looking at which ones it can sell off or transfer to other groups or organisations.

Robert Whiting, cabinet member for resources, said: “This is an excellent chance to invest in a piece of coastal history.

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“There are many opportunities for the Grade II listed building, including possible conversion into a holiday home.

“The lookout is located at Sizewell beach and offers stunning views out to sea and along the coast.

“It is also in the heart of the tourist hotspots of Aldeburgh and Thorpeness, with many coastal walks and attractions nearby.”

Residents have until 12pm on Tuesday, May 31, to make an offer on the building, which is being marketed by NPS Property Consultants Ltd.

The company’s Elliott Dawes said: “It is a very unique property and I would expect it to generate quite a bit of interest – it’s not often that you find something like this.

“I would think it has quite a lot of potential as a holiday home and it will be interesting to see how it goes.”

Offers are also being accepted for the former ice cream kiosk located next to the lookout building.

To arrange to view the property or for more information contact NPS on 01502 532353 or e-mail

Formal offer forms can also be downloaded at and returned in sealed envelopes marked Confidential Offer, for the attention of Elliott Dawes, NPS Property Consultants Ltd, Town Hall, High Street, Lowestoft, NR32 1HS.

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