Town centre park plans agreed

CONTROVERSIAL plans to sell off a historic house and a derelict part of a much-loved town centre park have been approved.

Dave Gooderham

CONTROVERSIAL plans to sell off a historic house and a derelict part of a much-loved town centre park have been approved.

Babergh District Council's strategy committee has approved plans to sell off parts of Belle Vue Park in Sudbury - including the 1780s house.

Derelict land on the council-owned site will be offered to the Hardwick House GP practice but has led to fears in the community about the future of the park.


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Nick Ridley, chairman of the strategy committee, denied any accusations that the council had acted in an undemocratic or secretive manner and stressed that only a small part of the green space would be affected.

He said: “Only a line of shrubs between the old swimming pool site and the Belle Vue House site is likely to be included in any development - the rest will be left untouched and possibly receive some additional improvements to make them even more attractive to users.”

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Mr Ridley said Babergh was initially approached by agents acting on behalf of Hardwick House and that the outline concept offered “significant benefits” to residents in the town.

In a separate development on the same site, Belle Vue House is expected to be offered in a land swap deal with developers McCarthy & Stone which plan to turn the area into retirement homes.

This would then free up land for a mixed development in Francis Road improving the “viability and vitality” of parts of the town centre.

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