Five-star care village on former sports club site will be 'shining star'

The proposed site is near to the former Oasis sports & leisure club in Thorpe St Andrew. Photo: Bill

The proposed site is near to the former Oasis sports & leisure club in Thorpe St Andrew. Photo: Bill Smith

The businessman behind plans for a five-star care village in Thorpe St Andrew has spoken of his excitement that the second half of his vision is now lodged with Broadland planners.

The plans plot a long-awaited future path for development of the site of the former Oasis Sports and Leisure Club, which currently lies derelict and is the regular target of vandals.

A team brought together by Tony Prendergast, of the care company which runs the award-winning Carlton Hall Village in Suffolk – and which has a similar project in the pipeline at Reepham – is seeking approval to demolish the existing buildings on the four-acre site.

They want to replace them with 24 state-of-the-art, high quality, assisted-living bungalows, 20 assisted-living flats, a café and offices – all within a landscaped setting.

Oasis sports & leisure club in Thorpe St Andrew. Photo: Bill Smith

Oasis sports & leisure club in Thorpe St Andrew. Photo: Bill Smith

The site sits alongside a similar-sized piece of land for which the developers already have full planning approval to build an 80-bed care home and 19 assisted-living bungalows.


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Mr Prendergast said: “It’s a beautiful location and we will do all we can to enhance the beauty and tranquillity of the site.

"We are determined to promote the qualities and character of a rare, natural oasis on the outskirts of Norwich.

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“We have worked hard with community groups to allay any concerns that the natural environment would suffer as a result of development. 

“We want this care village to be a model for what can be achieved. To be a shining star for the community of Thorpe St Andrew.

"We want it to have a beautiful setting and exemplary architecture offering the very highest care standards, while helping to meet the city’s assisted living needs.

“We are now at an exciting stage. It has been a hard slog to get to this point, but it will now be all systems go, with funding in place to begin the first phase in September; we hope to be able to move on to phase two immediately after."

Oasis sports & leisure club in Thorpe St Andrew. Photo: Bill Smith

Oasis sports & leisure club in Thorpe St Andrew. Photo: Bill Smith

The application comes after Mr Prendergast initially applied for planning permission on May 18 2021.

The derelict site had previously been subject to break-ins and vandalism, and firefighters spent two hours tackling a fire inside the building in December 2019.


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