Barchester Healthcare has faced objections from local residents to plans to demolish a West Yorkshire care home and replace it with a new build.
The care home provider plans to build a 31-bed care home on the site of a 25-bed home in a conservation area.
Local resident, Oliver Anderson, representing a group of 14 local households affected by the development, told the Ikley Gazette: “One of the main issues with the planned development seems to be size. The maximum occupancy of the proposed home is stated by this group as being 24 per cent more than Hollycroft previously housed. The footprint of the proposed building is about 33 per cent greater. The new building would be an unimaginative contemporary construction located within the Ilkley Conservation Area.”
The residents’ group said the development would have serious implications for neighbours and care home residents would have very little outdoor space.
A Barchester spokesperson said: “Barchester Healthcare puts quality at the heart of everything we do. The new care home will provide a premium care offer, amazing facilities for residents and visitors, and we are working to the highest standards of build. We would like to reassure our neighbours that our aim is to provide a purpose-built care home that will be sympathetic to the local Conservation Area and our neighbours, as well as offering an excellent level of care, and a comfortable and safe home for our residents.
“Having acquired the site of the former care home, we have, with our design team, been formulating a proposal to bring the site back into use and provide much needed modern care facilities for the area and additional local employment, bringing jobs and investment into the Ilkley area. The existing heavily modified and extended building was assessed, but it was identified that it would not be able to be adapted further to meet necessary care standards.
“In November last year we submitted a Pre Application Enquiry to the local authority to demolish the existing building and construct a new purpose-built care home and this was well received by those consulted as part of that process. Our design team have proposed a new home that meets the current care standards and beyond, and is sympathetic to our neighbours, the local Conservation Area and local environment. There will be further opportunity for comment via the consultation period.”