Dementia care home proposed for industrial riverside site in Gorleston

The view up the River Yare shoWing Riverside Road and the South Denes area of Great Yarmouth home to

The view up the River Yare shoWing Riverside Road and the South Denes area of Great Yarmouth home to many offshore industries. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

A proposed multi-million pound residential care home will bring a jobs boost to Gorleston's industrial riverside.

If borough council planners agree the home will take shape in a warehouse currently used by Wilson Supply International in Riverside Road.

The company is leaving the site when its lease expires at the beginning of next year.

David Fish of Scroby Fayre Estates which is behind the scheme - and nearby Harbour Quays at Morrisons - says his company will provide nursing and activities for residents.

The home, which is named as Anchor Lodge in planning documents, will 'create and provide a very signficant and attractive residential use' according to a letter from Mr Fish to borough council planners.

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In asking for a change of use he said the current decline in the oil and gas sector meant there was no demand for the premises, despite having marketed it at a 'lower rental cost.'

Papers submitted in support of the application say the home will create ten full time and 30 part time jobs.

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Elsewhere they reveal a meeting was held on site with planners to discuss the proposal to change the building use to a nursing provision for early dementia and care for the elderly.

The application states: 'In connection with the change of use the planning officer considered the plans outlined for the use of the building at present with the alterations proposed could be appropriate to the surrounding area as the development would occurr on the demise of the other premises.

'The site to the south had consent for residential but to date the permission has not been undertaken and has lapsed so it remains vacant.

'The applicant has future plans to develop the remainder of the application site with new dwellings fronting Riverside Road at some point in the future, based upon the advice of the local planning authority. This application has been made initially to determine the likelihood of the proposed future use of the site.'

Under the scheme the number of parking spaces will double from 15 to 30.

Neighbours in Blackwall Reach have been asked for their views under a consultatin which ends on April 24.

Meanwhile work continues at Harbour Quays, a 60-bed residential home.

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