Hoveton care home plans are opposed
Victoria LeggettAbout 50 villagers concerned about plans to build a care home complex on an industrial site in Broadland attended a public meeting to discuss the proposals.Victoria Leggett
About 50 villagers concerned about plans to build a care home complex on an industrial site in Broadland attended a public meeting to discuss the proposals.
Property developer Tilia Business Park hopes to put an 80-bed dementia care home, seven-bed neurological unit and 24 'housing with care' apartments on a site at Hoveton.
On Friday dozens of villagers attended a meeting called by Robert Smith whose home would back on to the complex and raised concerns ranging from traffic congestion to worries about the well-being of the potential care home residents.
District and county councillor Nigel Dixon went to listen to the discussion and offer advice on how to submit comments on the plans to North Norfolk District Council.
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He said votes taken at the beginning and end of the two-hour meeting revealed none of the 50 villagers were in favour of the Tunstead Road proposals.
Mr Dixon said: 'The principle concerns were whether that was the right location to have a care complex. At the moment it is an industrial site and the people's concerns were that that doesn't sit very comfortably beside what would be, in effect, an institutional complex.'
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Other points included whether it would be too far from the area's shops for more mobile residents to walk to and how much the home would overlook existing houses next door.
The applicant was not invited to the meeting but Nicholas Harvey, managing director of Tilia, has previously said he had been inspired to draw up the proposals after struggling to find dementia care for his own mother nearby.
He said traffic movement to and from the complex was likely to be small and the home's location, sitting on a hill 1.5 storeys above the industrial site, would offer good views towards Wroxham, Hoveton and the river.