Search

Footpath fears over new homes development in Ormesby

PUBLISHED: 13:15 29 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:15 29 April 2016

Planning application to demolish former care home Clere House in Ormesby and construct nine residential dwellings.

Picture: James Bass

Planning application to demolish former care home Clere House in Ormesby and construct nine residential dwellings. Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk © 2016

Housing plans on the site of a former care home in Ormesby have been broadly welcomed, as long as a vital footpath link is retained.

Norwich-based Conrad Building Services have applied to demolish Clere House in Pippin Close 
and put nine homes in its place.

Planners at Great Yarmouth Borough Council have eight weeks to make up their minds and the issue could be decided by the development control committee depending on the level of response.

The plans are for nine dwellings, a mix of houses and bungalows comprising one two-bedroom home and eight with three bedrooms.

One resident has already written to the borough council raising concerns about the footpath running from Cromer Road down 
the side of the care home linking two areas of the village and offering safe access to the pharmacy and schools.

Geoff Freeman, chairman of Ormesby with Scratby Parish Council, said he shared those concerns.

“The only thing I want to be sure of is that the access is in there,” he said.

“It is vital that we have that access to get to the pharmacy especially if you are disabled. Once you come past the telephone exchange there is no footpath except on the wrong side of the road. It is a really dangerous spot, especially for people impaired mobility or vision.

“Something has to happen to the site. It would have been nice to keep a care home in the village but that’s life.”

Senior planner at Great Yarmouth Borough Council Dean Minns said the consultation period ended on May 2 and a decision had to be made by May 31.

If it goes to committee it will be put before members on May 25.

The care home was one of three sold off by Norfolk County Council in favour of the new £8m “super care home” at Lydia Eva Court in Gorleston where residents enjoy state-of-the-art dementia care facilities.

Clere House was advertised for sale for £380,000, having dropped from an initial guide price of £450k.

It was operated by the county council owned Norsecare.

The 88-bed Lydia Eva Court was officially opened by broadcaster and journalist Jennie Bond in the summer of 2014.

Other News

53 minutes ago

Norfolk County Council is warning people to be aware of cold callers pretending to represent Trading Standrads who are using ‘gift card scams’ involving the purchasing of fake vouchers.

09:44

People who have used mechanical diggers to take “significant” amounts of sand and relocate sea defence blocks on Hemsby beach have been ordered to stop.

08:06

A 20-year-old man has gone missing from the Lowestoft area.

07:48

A first-year university student who left his father’s BMW suspended in a tree has been disqualified from driving.

Most Read

Wed, 12:29

Police are appealing for help to trace a woman following a theft in Great Yarmouth.

Read more
Tue, 13:10

The man who was killed in a fatal stabbing in Great Yarmouth has been named.

Read more
Norwich Magistrates Court
Thu, 14:16

A young girl left severely disabled after mistakes were made during her birth at a Norfolk hospital will receive an extra £600,000 in damages.

Read more
Wed, 12:20

Residents in Great Yarmouth will be able to enjoy having their favourite fast food orders delivered right to their doorstep thanks to a new delivery service.

Read more
Norwich
Wed, 14:51

Homes are going up on a pub’s garden as it looks for ways to thrive.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 7°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Great Yarmouth Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy