Care home experts, Northstar and its partners Castle Meadow Care, have been given the green light for the much-needed new home, which will create 60 new jobs in the process.
The plans for the new home incorporated high levels of collaboration with Norwich City Council planning officers and a public consultation process which yielded no objections, allowing the scheme to be fast-tracked through the planning process.
Designed to the highest standards, the care home will be based on the site of the former St Johns School in Heigham Grove. This places it right the heart of Norwich’s golden triangle, meaning the home will be situated in an area recently named by The Sunday Times as one of the top 101 places to live in Britain.
That location, combined with Castle Meadow Care being one of the UK leaders in delivering contemporary care across a wide range of needs, means that the home is likely to be a desirable choice for many families.
Offering care for those needing short term nursing support pre or post hospital, long term nursing care and dementia care, the aim is that all residents will be able to feel confident they will receive first class care in first class surroundings.
Danny Sharpe, director of Northstar, is delighted with the news, which coincides with the announcement that NorthStar’s proposed 60-bed care home in Glasgow has also received planning consent.
He said: “Northstar strive to bring highest quality of design, combined with good working relationships with local authorities and local residents to ensure what is needed by an area is delivered on time. We aim to be on site by summer, with as little disruption to the surrounding area as possible.”
As with all Northstar designed care homes, the home has been well thought out. Boasting non-intrusive safety systems, there is the latest thinking incorporated for dementia, with many parts of the home having access to specially-designed gardens and outdoor spaces created for differing abilities.
For active residents, there will be gardening clubs and therapeutic horticulture. For the less active, there will be tranquil, sensory gardens for peace and relaxation. When brought together the gardens will create grounds that are also attractive and in keeping with the local area.
Norwich City Council has welcomed the development. Cllr Mike Stonard, council portfolio holder for environment, development and transport, said: “I’m very pleased to see this scheme has progress smoothly through the planning system. This shows the benefits of positive engagement with local people early in the design stages.
“It’s a good quality scheme that has been welcomed by residents, provides homes for older people and is great use of a redundant site that might have otherwise become derelict.
“The 60 full time jobs it will provide is also very good news.”