Bradford residents are up in arms over a last minute request by Abbeyfield Society to remove obscuring film from windows of a £10m care home due to open next month.
Residents near the development on the site of the former Bingley Hospital say unobscuring the windows that overlook their gardens will leave them with little privacy.
Linda Khoury told the Bradford Telegraph and Argus: “I strongly object to this application, particularly regarding the oriel (bay)-type windows that overlook our gardens and dwellings.
“If they are now allowed to return to clear glass it will be like living in a gold fish bowl.
“With clear glazing they are a blatant invasion of privacy.”
Abbeyfield said it had asked permission to remove obscuring film of some of the windows and certain glazed external doors to communal spaces within the dementia wing of the development.
The charity added: “We understand that some living close to the development may feel their amenities are compromised by this, or that they may be overlooked. However the windows in question are angled so as to prevent direct overlooking and the doors offer a view onto a terrace which is itself screened by an obscured glazed balcony. In the case of the latter we didn’t want our residents restricted by two barriers to the outside world.”
Abbeyfield said it had a strong focus on keeping its residents connected with their surroundings to ensure that they did not lose contact with the outside world.
It said design features that improve the flow of natural light in a building and keep people connected with their local communities helped reduce resident medication.