£19m ‘care village’ scheme for edge of Norwich

A £19m ‘care village’ could be created on the outskirts of Norwich, to help cope with the dementia t

A £19m ‘care village’ could be created on the outskirts of Norwich, to help cope with the dementia timebomb Norfolk is facing. Photo: NPS - Credit: NPS

A £19m 'care village' could be created on the outskirts of Norwich, to help cope with the dementia timebomb Norfolk is facing.

Plans will be lodged tomorrow for an 80-bed specialist dementia care home and a 92-apartment housing with care scheme at part of the Three Score site in Bowthorpe.

In 2010, there were estimated to be 13,236 people in Norfolk with dementia and health experts have predicted that figure will rise to 24,204 by 2030.

And care company NorseCare has 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'.

Along with the care home and the housing with care apartments, the proposal also features a 'village hub', which would include a shop, cafe, hairdressers, a day care service and a community wildlife garden.

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Bosses at NorseCare, which is owned by Norfolk County Council, say that 'village hub' could be used by the wider community, as well as people living in the care home and housing with care apartments.

NorseCare successfully bid for £4.2m of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Department of Health in July, which will help kickstart the £18.9m development.

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The 'care village' will create 118 jobs.

Karen Knight, managing director at NorseCare, said: 'The Bowthorpe care village proposals envisage care the way we believe it should be and can be in the 21st century.

'The plans would give people living there spacious, en-suite accommodation, great on-site facilities and the level of care that is appropriate to their needs.

'We know that the number of people living with dementia in Norfolk is set to grow over the next few years and we need to be ready to meet this demand by providing personalised care in specially designed surroundings.

'We also know that there are lots of people who need a level of support that makes remaining in their own homes very difficult but who want to retain as much independence and privacy as possible.

'Housing with care flats, with their own kitchens, sitting rooms and bathrooms but with access to 24-hour support, really can be the best of both worlds.'

The Three Score site is the last piece of the jigsaw in the development of Bowthorpe. The city council plans to build up to 1,000 new homes on the site.

The planning application for the care village is due to be submitted to the city council tomorrow. It is likely to come before the planning committee in March.

If approved, work would begin on site in the spring with the new accommodation due to be ready for people to move into by spring 2016.

People will have the chance to view the plans, which have been designed by Barron and Smith Architects, at a drop-in event tomorrow, held between 12.30pm and 6pm at the Bowthorpe Church Centre in Bowthorpe Hall Road.

Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council and HCA partnership board member, said: 'The submission of these plans brings the potential delivery of a housing with care scheme in Norwich a step closer.

'By providing the land to NorseCare we're working in partnership towards addressing the care needs of older people in the area.'

Once submitted, the planning application will be available to view online at http://planning.norwich.gov.uk/online-applications/ where people will also be able to register and make comments on the proposal.

NorseCare is also building an 88-bed specialist dementia care home, Lydia Eva Court, in Gorleston, which is due to open next summer.

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