The overturning of planning permission for a 60 bed care home on boundary of Nowton Park

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Westminster Government, planning inspector Lesley Coffey, over-ruled planning permission which was refused in April 2016 by local government in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk to build a 60 room dementia care home on the boundary of a much used, local town park, Nowton Park. The company developing the site are Heritage Manor Ltd (Capital Investors) who own Nowton Court Village on the same site which is an unassisted-living, home with 22 bedrooms. This home currently has only 4 permanent residents and one or two people that come and go. We can ascertain that the current building on this site is grossly under utilised and the local people don't see why such a large, 3 storey new build has to be erected on an area of mature trees including redwoods adjacent to and 8 metres from the boundary of a thriving, historical park. Park Life Nowton said: “This bizarre decision by a bureaucrat from central government flies in the face of strong local feeling and a democratic decision made here in Bury St Edmunds. It is little wonder that people are losing faith in our system".

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