October 23 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, March 6, 2014
A £19m ‘care village’ on the outskirts of Norwich has been given the green light.
Norwich City Council’s planning committee today unanimously agreed to grant permission for an 80-bed specialist dementia care home and 92-apartment housing with care scheme at Three Score in Bowthorpe.
Bosses at care company NorseCare had already struck a deal with Norwich City Council to be given a 2.3 hectare patch of land at Three Score to build the ‘care village’, but needed to secure planning permission for the development.
The proposal also features a ‘village hub’, including a shop, café, hairdressers, a day care service and a community wildlife garden.
Bosses at NorseCare, owned by Norfolk County Council, say the ‘hub’ could be used by the wider community.
NorseCare bid for £4.2m from the Homes and Communities Agency and Department of Health in July, which will help kickstart the £18.9m development, creating 118 jobs.
Mike Sands, city and county councillor for Bowthorpe said the proposal had his “unequivocal” support.
He said: “It will fulfil a need for Bowthorpe, in Norwich and in wider Norfolk.”
The city council is looking to build up to 1,000 homes on the site.
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