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Consensus of support for Diss care home plan




An 82-flat care home is being planned for Diss.

The development will provide “extra care” – which means that residents are supported, but live in individual flats each with their own front door.

The development – proposed by East Anglia Care Homes – is on a site in Nelson Road where consent was given in 2013 for a 76-bedroom care home.

Eric Taylor feels a traffic regulation order would be needed to stop parking in Nelson Road if the care home went ahead. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Eric Taylor feels a traffic regulation order would be needed to stop parking in Nelson Road if the care home went ahead. Picture by Mecha Morton.

The new application would mean the demolition of a bungalow on the corner of Nelson Road and Sawmills Road.

When the pre-application proposals were outlined to Diss Town Council’s planning committee last week, there was a consensus in support, although no decision will be taken until plans have been submitted, said deputy town clerk Sonya French.

In a report to the planning committee, town councillor Eric Taylor outlined the idea behind the extra care model:

  • Residents would be above an agreed minimum age and will have been assessed as being in need of care and support.
  • Residents would have an individual flat with their own kitchen and front door. Flats will be either rented or bought on a long lease.
  • Generally, one meal a day and a care package is covered by a service charge but residents could remain as independent.
  • Extra care is a relatively new form of housing for older people but had great advantages.
  • The level of medical care needs, doctor and hospital visits was much lower for extra care residents.
  • The age at which residents finally moved to full-time care was significantly higher than for other elderly people.
  • Extra care schemes could support facilities and activities for residents and possibly the local community.
  • Car ownership was low and a minibus was provided for residents.

Mr Taylor noted that the previous planning application mentioned a connection between Nelson Road and Station Road and that a traffic regulation order would be needed to stop parking on Nelson Road.


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