Plans approved for 80-bed dementia care home and 92-apartment housing with care scheme in Bowthorpe

The entrance to the Three Score estate

The entrance to the Three Score estate - Credit: Archant © 2007

A £19m 'care village' on the outskirts of Norwich has been given the green light.

Norwich City Council's planning committee today 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 the 'hub' could be used by the wider community.

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

Mike Sands, city and county councillor for Bowthorpe said the proposal had his 'unequivocal' support.

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

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

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