Care village/Co-op plans approved

A planning application for a care village and Co-op convenience store in Reepham has been approved by Broadland District Council’s Planning Committee.

The plans for the former station yard site off Cawston Road/Stony Lane include a 60-bed, two-storey care home and 35 assisted flats and bungalows for over 75s, as well as commercial offices.
The project is reported to cost £10 million and will create employment for more than 150 people.
The plans were passed at yesterday’s Planning Committee meeting, with five members voting in favour of the scheme and two against, with one abstention.
Graham Everett, district councillor for Reepham, who voted against the plans, said the decision was “very disappointing” and that Marriott’s Way would be affected visually.
However, he received undertakings that the Co-op would close at 10 pm at the latest, instead of 11 pm; care home residents would be able to access the convenience store through the middle of the site; and that access gates on Stony Lane would open inwards.
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