A councillor has insisted Belle Vue House in Sudbury should be saved to prevent further ‘eye sores’ being built in the town.
After hearing about the application to have the building listed by Historic England, John Nunn, Babergh district councillor for Long Melford, said: “I was born and grew up in Sudbury.
“During the 1960s and 1970s I witnessed the wanton destruction of many a fine and ancient building in the name of progress, only to be replaced by buildings that are nothing but an eyesore in the town today, we must not let this happen again to Belle Vue.”
It is believed negotiations are currently taking place for the house and adjacent former swimming pool site to be sold off by landowner Babergh District Council and replaced with a Premier Inn hotel and Beefeater restaurant.
The council has already agreed the building can be torn down.
However, campaigners say the building should be saved regardless of what type of organisation moves onto the site.