Community bid for Belle Vue

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Campaigners hoping to save a historic building in Sudbury have said they will set up a community interest company in a bid to buy the property.

The Belle Vue Community Bid Team was recently successful in its attempt to have Belle Vue House and the adjacent former swimming pool site listed as an asset of community value by Babergh District Council.

Group chairman Theodore Bird said the group would now look to set up the not-for-profit Sudbury Community Estate and exercise its option to make a community bid for the site.

Any bid, which is likely to centre around a business hub, would then be evaluated along with rival offers for the land, which is owned by Babergh District Council.

Mr Bird said the group’s founding principles were to “preserve and repurpose Belle Vue House and the former swimming pool site in the best interests of the community” and to “use its bid as a vehicle to propose a neighbourhood development plan”.

He added: “We are confident we will deliver an outstanding bid that will enhance Sudbury in the best interests of the community.”

Mr Bird confirmed that talks had been arranged with Hardwicke House GP Practice, which has also expressed an interest in the site.