- Michael Gove MPSecretary for the State on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- Sajid DavidSecretary of State for Communities and Local Government
- Jo ChurchillBury St Edmunds
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".
- Secretary for the State on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Michael Gove MP
- Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
- Bury St Edmunds
We wish to appeal the decision of our local council, over turned by Westminster this year, to prevent the new build of a three storey, 62 bedroom dementia care home on the boundary of our local, historic Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.
It is a well used park and it will compromise the benefits of the park and impact on the wildlife and people using the park.
The company wanting to build the care home is run by Simon Patient, they own the current home Nowton Court Village which is a 22 bedroom unassisted living home which only has 4 residents and is grossly under utilised. The company are set to make a lot of money from the development. In the process, they will be chopping down up to 20 mature trees and they are building the home around a standing Redwood which will probably cause the tree damage and disease.
For a rapidly expanding town, we currently have 1,800 houses being built, we require our trees and public parks for health and well being. The park is thriving with park runs, sports, events, an outdoor pre-school, a plant nursery run by Realise Futures, a dog care/training facility and a playground and cafe.
Local council and residents feel the look of the park will be compromised by a three storey, new build 8 metres from the parks boundary.
Bury St Edmunds has a need for more care homes in a location which isn't compromising the natural environment and parkland.
Please will you take seriously the wishes of the local people in appealing this planning decision made by Westminster.
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