Norfolk

Great Yarmouth care homes close for new £8m dementia site

A care home in Norfolk is to close to make way for an £8m specialist home for people with dementia.

Norse Care, which is owned by Norfolk County Council, wants to "replace its ageing accommodation", the council said.

It is seeking planning permission for the 88-bed residential home in Peterhouse Avenue, Gorleston.

A 22-bed home in Ormesby St Margaret is one of three that will shut in 2014.

Norse Care had proposed all three close because they cannot be modernised with en-suite bathrooms, which will be included in the new home.

Of the 21 people from Clere House who responded to its consultation, 13 said they wanted it to remain open for existing residents, the council said.

Refurbishing the home, stopping admissions until it was no longer needed and selling it as a going concern had all been investigated and discussed with residents but were not viable, the council said.

It added that it received "overwhelming support" for the new home from Mildred Stone House in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston's Magdalen House, which accommodate fewer than 40 people each.

Tony Williams, Norse board member and county councillor, said: "The facilities in the new home, together with more communal and private space for its residents, are a huge improvement on those available in the three existing care homes.

"I want to reassure residents and their relatives that staff and managers at Norse Care understand concerns and will be providing a great deal of support to them over the next two years."

All residents and staff will be offered places in the new home, or helped to move to other suitable nearby homes, the council added.

The outcome of the planning application is not due until the autumn, with the home expected to open in the summer of 2014.

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