New Co-op food store and care home for Norfolk town

How the new food store could look. Pictures: CAM Architects

How the new food store could look. Pictures: CAM Architects - Credit: Archant

A new Co-op food store and a care village could be built on the old station yard site in Reepham.

How the new care home could look. Pictures: CAM Architects

How the new care home could look. Pictures: CAM Architects - Credit: Archant

Reepham Town Council is holding a special meeting at the town hall from 7.30pm on August 1 to discuss the proposals.

The development on Cawston Road/ Stony Lane would comprise 290 sq m of offices, a 420 sq m food store, a 70-bed care home, 24 assisted flats, 15 assisted bungalows, assisted single-storey housing, and a club house/assembly room.

A spokesman for Broadland District Council said the proposals were on land earmarked for development and a consultation was under way. A date for the plans to be discussed by the council's planning committee has not yet been set.

In a design and access statement submitted with the plans, CAM Architects said: 'The proposed development will integrate with the existing established areas both functionally and physically. The bigger site presently has a large warehouse sited to its centre which is now a retail unit known as Kerries Pine. Immediately to the north of the building is a large concrete apron which has the existing station buildings sited on the edge between the footpath. This building is currently being used as a cafe and food/craft retail and both uses create a visitors' attractions to this part of Reepham.

'The application proposals are designed to work in conjunction with the existing cafe and retail uses to offer a mix of employment and assisted residential accommodation.

'The proposal represents a high quality development which has taken into consideration the opportunities and constraints of the site and wider locality to ensure that the local economy is assisted in terms of commercial uses that are required within the area.

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'These consist of provision of small offices for businesses wishing to trade from Reepham, a care home offering employment to about 80 people from around the town in a mix of health and administrative roles, a food store and assisted residential areas.'

The food store would be open seven days a week while the nursing home would have at least 10 dementia beds.

to comment on the application visit the Broadland District Council website