Suffolk Day launch for over-arching ‘Vision for Sudbury’ document

Sudbury town centre is to be revitalised as part of a new long term plan

Sudbury town centre is to be revitalised as part of a new long term plan Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

A new blueprint for Sudbury which plans for the long-term future of the town and aims to “deliver positive changes” is to be launched on Suffolk Day.

There will be a drop-in session at the Town Hall on Thursday, June 21 where the ‘Sudbury Vision for Prosperity Action Plan’ will be unveiled.

The plan includes updates on existing projects and news on future initiatives, including carparking, the vision for the town centre, marketing and branding, infrastructure and tourism investments.

Officers and councillors will be on hand to discuss the next steps, such as when the projects are likely to be delivered and possible additional schemes.

John Ward, leader of Babergh District Council, said the authority was “leading the renaissance in Sudbury and its surrounding area” as part of a new drive for investment and growth district-wide.

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He said: “We’re encouraging businesses, providing improved facilities for residents and visitors, developing the night-time economy, and cementing the town as a major force in Suffolk’s economic portfolio.

“New investment in a hotel, cinema, better retail, more places to eat out, and improved parking will ensure Sudbury lives up to its potential.”

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Sudbury resident and town councillor Jan Osborne, who is also Babergh’s deputy leader, said: “The launch of the action plan for Sudbury marks the end of the consultation and the beginning of the next phrase in this initiative, ending uncertainty, and looks to bring the community together and deliver positive changes in the Sudbury area.”

Meanwhile county council leader Matthew Hicks said: “Suffolk County Council is proud to be part of the partnership approach to assist economic growth in Sudbury. This demonstrates our commitment to creating the right conditions and working with the right people to deliver real change.”

The blueprint for the long term future of Sudbury was drawn up based on local people’s suggestions, following briefing sessions for councillors and stakeholders, a public exhibition and online questionnaire last year.

The Suffolk Day drop in session will take place from 10am to 8pm. For updates visit

A similar plan has been devised for Stowmarket.

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