Hotel flat plans to be discussed

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Proposals to convert a derelict hotel and restaurant in Sudbury into flats are due to go before members of the town’s planning committee.

On Monday, Sudbury Town Council’s planning and development group will discuss plans to turn the former Tarentella in Melford Road into 12 flats.

Businessman Alan James, who lives in Sible Hedingham and bought the building in 2009, is behind the application.

Mr James paid £280,000 for the 120-year-old building, formerly known as Sudbury Hall, but has been forced to wait to seek planning permission. He had to market the property for a year to prove there was no interest in a developer taking it on as a hotel.

Stephen Thorpe, a member of the Sudbury Society, said the group would be looking over the plans tomorrow before presenting its views to the town council.

“I have not seen the plans yet, so I do not know the detail, but it would be good to bring the building back into use,” he said.

“The main thing is that it is done properly.”

The Tarantella has been empty since January 2008 when it was damaged by a fire believed to have been started deliberately.

Efforts were made to renovate the building, but it was left devastated by a second arson attack in the summer of 2009.

Mr Thorpe said although the building was not listed, it was of “significant value” to the community.

“We are short of hotels and it would be good to have another to help tourism, but that is not what is being planned,” he said.

“It would be good if something could be done as the building is of value to the town.”

Mr James, who runs a business buying and selling discounted stock, said he did not want to comment on the plans before they were heard by the council’s committee. He has previously said he would like to live in the top floor flat of the building once complete.