Nursing home plan for parkland

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PLANS have been submitted to St Edmundsbury Borough Council for a 54 bedroom nursing home in the grounds of Nowton Court Village.

The plans are for a two three-storey wings with 16, 18 and 20 bedrooms on each successive floor.

The applicants are Heritage Manor Ltd.

There will also be a sun terrace, a wander garden and sensory garden for the residents.

Nowton Court Village already provides accommodation for older people with 25 rooms in the 19th century manor house for the over 55s along with a Well Being centre while another detached building provides 18 appartments.

The applicants have commissioned an arboricultural consultant to carry out a tree survey due to the site’s woodland setting.

A planning design and access statement says that the nursing home which has a total floor area of 2,377 sq metres would not cause any material harm to important trees or the parkland setting.

By providing accommodation on three floors the footprint of the building is reduced and the use of extensive glazing, while reducing heat loss, also provide views of the parkland outside and reflect views of the trees.

The building will also use renewable energy through air source heat pumps, photovoltaic solar panels and storm water storage and recycling.

A public exhibition of the scheme was held at Nowton Court Village in July.