The controversial sale of Belle Vue House in Sudbury has moved a step closer with bids expected at the end of the week.
The sale has been the subject of public protests and Facebook appeals with many people hoping to keep the building, which sits at the top of Belle Vue Park.
Simon Barrett – chairman of Sudbury Steering Group, which has been carrying out the plans for the site on behalf of land owner Babergh District Council – confirmed the property would be marketed for a five-week period with estate agents Strutt and Parker from Saturday.
“There’s a design brief with what’s expected and we will see what comes back,” said Mr Barrett.
At the end of the month, all bidders will have their plans assessed, with a recommendation expected to be given to district councillors in March.
“It’s got to be something that is suitable, it can’t just be to save the house,” said Mr Barrett. “It’s got to be a regeneration of the area.”
A community bid – led by Theo Bird – to save the building is currently applying for the house to be listed as a community asset.