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Retirement homes plan on site of former social club Apollo in Harleston




Plans have been unveiled for retirement homes on the site of a former social club in Harleston.

McCarthy and Stone has drawn up plans for 46 retirement living apartments and bungalows, as well as landscaped gardens and on-site car parking, saying it would meet a growing need for specialist housing for the elderly in the town.

The developer will host a public exhibition to display the proposals for the site off Mendham Lane, before submitting a planning application to South Norfolk Council later this year.

The former Apollo in Harleston which closed in 2016. Pictures: Mecha Morton.
The former Apollo in Harleston which closed in 2016. Pictures: Mecha Morton.

The event will take place tomorrow from 3pm to 7pm at Harleston Community Leisure Facility, in Wilderness Lane.

Matt Wills, Regional Managing Director, said: “We look forward to speaking with members of the local community about our emerging plans for this under-utilised, brownfield site.

“The site is ideally located close to the town centre, and our plans would assist in meeting a growing need for housing for older people in Harleston.”

The building was demolished in May.
The building was demolished in May.

He added: “Our emerging proposals, which include specialist retirement apartments and bungalows, have been carefully designed to respect and complement the local context and neighbouring properties, while delivering a range of wider benefits for the town.”

The site was formerly home to the Apollo Club which hosted some of the world’s top darts and snooker players for tournaments, before it closed in 2016.

Diss-based Hope Church had wanted to turn the venue into a community hub, but were unsuccessful in their bid.

The club was demolished in May.


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