More than 40 bungalows could be added to retirement village on edge of Norwich

A computer generated image showing what the proposed homes could look like. Pic: rgp

A computer generated image showing what the proposed homes could look like. Pic: rgp - Credit: rgp

More than 40 new homes, specifically for older people, could be built on the outskirts of Norwich as part of a retirement village.

The proposal for 41 retirement bungalows comes as work continues on more than a hundred retirement apartments and assisted living apartments on the Bartram Mowers site, off Bluebell Road in Eaton.

McCarthy and Stone, which is behind the scheme which is currently being built, has asked Norwich City Council for permission for the second phase of the project, which would see existing buildings demolished and the new bungalows built.

As well as the bungalows, which would be offered for private sale, the development would also include a homeowners' pavilion, with a communal lounge, outdoor seating areas and two treatment rooms.

The plans also include car parking spaces for every bungalow, along with communal visitor spaces, communal and private gardens and landscaping.

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McCarthy and Stone says it met neighbours of the site in January to discuss the plans and distributed a consultation newsletter to about 500 homes nearby.

Matt Wills, regional managing director of McCarthy and Stone, said: 'We would like to thank everyone that shared their feedback on our emerging plans for this site, which has been helpful in shaping the final scheme.

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'There is an acknowledged need for specialist housing for older people in Eaton and our submitted plans would help address this shortfall.'

He added that, if approved, new open spaces, which the public would be able to use, would be provided, together with improved wildlife habitats.

He said: 'We remain committed to enhancing the Yare Valley and our Phase 2 plans would see additional public open space delivered to the west of the site for the enjoyment of the local community.' Planning permission for the first phase was agreed in 2016, but there were more than 50 objections, including from Cringleford Parish Council and the Yare Valley Society.

Objectors had said it would harm the character of the valley because of the scale and design of the buildings. The original plans were revised to reduce the height of part of the complex.

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