We are very disappointed that South Norfolk Council’s planning management committee has turned down our plans for Brooke House against the recommendation of planning officers.
We note that the chairman and vice-chairman of the committee both supported our £4m scheme in their 3-2 split decision.
In drawing up our plans, which would upgrade facilities throughout the home and add 26 luxury bedrooms, we have carefully listened to the views of local stakeholders during more than two years of consultation.
In supporting our scheme officers make it abundantly clear there are no planning reasons to object.
We passionately believe our plans will deliver a superb care facility for the Brooke community and will now be taking our plans to appeal.
The clear and urgent need for more care beds in the district was highlighted in the officers’ report and underlined by local resident Cllr John Fuller even though he spoke to oppose our plans.
Brooke House is a very popular home and we already often have a waiting list for new residents.
Author: Stephen Pullinger