A £19m ‘care village’ on the outskirts of Norwich has been given the green light, but special measures will need to be taken to provide new homes for rare insects.

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Norwich City Council’s planning committee yesterday 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 that ‘hub’ could be used by the wider community.

While councillors gave their support to the scheme, concerns 
were raised about the impact on the ecology of the site, which is currently grassland.

A survey has shown there are 13 species of conservation concern, of which two are section 41 species.

Those are species considered of “principal importance” for the conservation of biodiversity in England.

The two are Cerceris quinquefasciata – a type of wasp which nests in hard sandy ground – and Coenonympha pamphilus – better known as the small heath butterfly.

Council officers said attempts would be made to mitigate for the
loss of that habitat at other parts of the site and at Bowthorpe Historic Park.

NorseCare bid for £4.2m from the Homes and Communities Agency and Department of Health, which will help kick-start the £18.9m
development, creating 118 jobs.

Mike Sands, city and county councillor for Bowthorpe, said the proposal had his “unequivocal” support, creating jobs and opportunities for local people and providing a care home for people with dementia.

He said: “It will fulfil a need for Bowthorpe, in Norwich and in wider Norfolk.”

In 2010, there were estimated to be 13,236 people in Norfolk with dementia and health experts have predicted that figure will rise.

The city council is looking to build up to 1,000 homes on the site.

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5 comments

  • I suspect the wasps and butterflies may just fly away when they are disturbed. If councils really want to do something to protect wild life, including protected species, how about doing something with the ever expanding cat population that are estimated to destroy in excess of 50 million wild birds annually, could charge every cat owner a £100 licence, or have a cat warden to collect strays that are not in their own garden and charge to return them, could be some real big money in that venture. Could even eliminate the £2 charge at tips as well. How about it councils?

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    Mr T

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Equally important, we need to know the views of Alexandra Kemp, county councillor for Clenchwarton and Lynn South on this single issue. Does she hate cat owners? Will she tip her rubbish in the street if there is a £2 rubbish charge. Will she help old cat owners (I mean old cat owners) in Clenchwarton to tip rubbish in the street. The people of Norfolk need to know.

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    Rhombus

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Insects, what next?

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    Rorping

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • ...."The two are Cerceris quinquefasciata – a type of wasp which nests in hard sandy ground – and Coenonympha pamphilus – better known as the small heath butterfly."....unfortunately NCC only has the funding to save one of these species. To fund the other one it needs to impose a levy of £2 at all NCC recycling centres. Do the people of Norfolk want to save just a wasp and let the butterfly die (vote wasp) let the butterfly die and save the wasp (vote butterfly), save both the butterfly and the wasp (vote £2) or don't care less (vote what ever you like)?

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    Rhombus

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • Mr T, you sound very sensible, you can't be a councillor by any chance? Yes let NCC tax cats instead of taxing rubbish at the tip. So now we have a real alternative to Brandon Lewis's 'Don't Tax The Tip' campaign, the most important issue since the incinerator. So EDP readers is it Tax The Cat (vote cat) Tax The Tip (vote tip). Please note no animal feelings were hurt during the compilation of this post.

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    Rhombus

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

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