Diss care home could open in a year

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A new 76-bedroom care home given planning permission in Diss could be ready in a year.

Located on land off Nelson Road, off Sawmills Road, the new home, given permission last week, will become a very visible feature, set on the currently vacant land between the existing housing estate to the south and the Frontier Agriculture site to the north.

The site is about two acres and 80 jobs are expected to be created.

Director of East Anglia Care Homes Ltd, Raghu Bharat, said: “We have been working on this for a very long time, and it is very pleasing to get to this point.

“It has not been easy to find a suitable site in Diss.

“We wanted to find a site which would have most of the bedrooms on the ground floor.”

Mr Bharat said that there was a clear demand for such a care home in the town.

Norfolk County Council’s Adult Social Services department commented on the application that there was a general need for residential care provision for people in that part of south Norfolk, including those that can support people with dementia. They said about 270 beds are needed.

Another 60-bed care home has been given permission for land south of Victoria Road, on the former Cartco Yard, on the entrance to the town.

East Anglia Care Homes has also developed homes in Wymondham and North Walsham, but the Diss development would represent its biggest yet.

The home would be split into four suites and Mr Raghu, who has been in the sector since 1989, said he is aiming to create a warm, spacious and homely atmosphere.

The plans were approved by South Norfolk Council last week.




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