Cawston nursing home built six years ago is still empty - but owner pledges to open in April after a series of setbacks

Cawston Care home which is still closed even tho it was due to be completed by the end of 2014.Photo

Cawston Care home which is still closed even tho it was due to be completed by the end of 2014.Photo by Mark Bullimore

The owner of a care home which has been empty for six years has promised it will be open by the beginning of April.

Cawston Care home which is still closed even tho it was due to be completed by the end of 2014.Photo

Cawston Care home which is still closed even tho it was due to be completed by the end of 2014.Photo by Mark Bullimore

Cawston Care Home owner Shans Bhasin had pledged to have the facility open by the end of 2014, but said 'a few setbacks' had delayed plans.

Mr Bhasin, managing director of Florence Care, who said he was responsible for a group of care homes, said work had been going on internally.

'We had a few issues with the building,' he added. 'We will begin bringing staff and equipment in by the end of the month.'

The facility in Cawston, near Aylsham, was built on a new housing estate in the village in 2009, but has been unused ever since.


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The company that had built the home on the Old Winery, in Paul Engelhard Way, had gone into administration, leaving the home empty.

However the 42-bed nursing home was bought by Florence Care, and has been registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) since June 2013.

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When the EDP spoke to Mr Bhasin last July he had offered assurance the home would be open by the end of 2014.

But this week he added finances had been a factor in the delay.

A spokesman for the CQC, the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England, said: 'We are aware that the service is dormant and our inspectors have written to the provider for an update on the situation.'

Are you concerned about a care home? Email sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk

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