Planning and property consultancy Rapleys has secured permission for a pioneering dementia care village in Little Wratting, near Haverhill, Suffolk.

The application was submitted by Rapleys on behalf of Strawberry Care in February and was closely monitored to ensure that it was recommended for approval despite its countryside location.

The new village will house 120 residents across 20 shared apartments, each with six bedrooms. There will also be a range of community buildings and facilities on-site arranged in streets and squares creating a small village, which residents are free to roam but are safe at all times.

Strawberry Care Director, Phil Jordan said “I applaud Rapleys Town Planning team for the great work they have done in securing this resolution; highly professional and a pleasure to be involved in”.

Richard Sykes-Popham, head of Rapleys Cambridge town planning team said “We’re delighted Strawberry care can now start to plan the delivery of their first dementia village.

Their unique care model makes this result even more rewarding. It also completely justifies the committee’s decision, which required them to make an exception to the local plan.”

It is expected that the new scheme will open in 2023.

Image source- Rapleys

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