Plans for ‘monolithic’ Beverley retirement home put on hold

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Plans for ‘monolithic’ Beverley retirement home put on hold

Plans for ‘monolithic’ Beverley retirement home put on hold
2021-07-19 18:45:00
A proposed 51-bedroom Beverley retirement complex would harm a conservation area and could be inaccessible to emergency services, councillors have heard. East Riding Council's Eastern Area Planning Sub-Committee deferred plans for the complex, off Beverley's Langholm Close, at a meeting on Monday, July 19. Read more: One of Hull's last 24 hour car parks to close overnight due to antisocial behaviour Andrew Mangham, agent for applicants McCarthy and Stone, told councillors the development would provide more accommodation for elderly residents, freeing up homes in the town. But resident and objector Christopher Kendall told the committee the size of the complex would harm the surrounding North Bar Without Conservation Area, home to Beverley Westwood and historic buildings. To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here. Cllr Linda Johnson, whose St Marys ward covers the site, said ambulances had previously been unable to get down Langholm Close to the now derelict Westwood Park Residential Home. Councillors are now set to visit the site before plans return to the committee. Plans for the new complex stated it would feature 29 one and 22 two bedroom apartments in a new building on a roughly 0.67 hectare site. They also stated it would offer the elderly apartments to let them live independently with some on-site support and create 17 new jobs. The plans were recommended for approval subject to further talks with developers, with 22 objections and six supporting comments lodged. Find planning applications near you Mr Mangham told councillors the complex would allow elderly residents to “downsize and right size”. The agent said: “As the population increases and ages it's vital that the link between housing, health and social care is recognised. “We have worked to address the impact of the development in terms of its design and on nearby heritage assets. Watch to find out more about the planning system: Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now “The scheme provides an opportunity to regenerate a vacant brownfield site which has been subject to vandalism and antisocial behaviour. “My client's customers have an average age of 83, this will give them a new lease of life, allow them to make new friends and have new adventures.” Mr Kendall told councillors residents accepted the need for more housing for the elderly but objected to the scale of the proposed building. Councillors heard the new complex would replace Beverley's 'eyesore' derelict Westwood Park Residential Home (Image: East Riding of Yorkshire Council) The objector said: “Residents think this would dominate the surrounding area, any benefits would be outweighed by the harm. “By reducing it's size and the number of residential units its impact would be more acceptable.” Cllr Johnson said the number of objections from residents, as well as from Beverley Town Council and the local Civic Society, showed the “depth of feeling” towards the plans. The ward member said: “This will be in your face and jump out at you, the building should be of an appropriate size and design. “Langholm Close isn't wide enough for the amount of traffic from people who work or are visiting it. “There's a pinch point where two cars can't pass each other and ambulances weren't able to access the previous home.” Committee member Cllr Denis Healy, also of St Marys ward, said locals accepted the “eyesore” vacant building needed to be redeveloped. But he added the complex would be “monolithic” in its current form. A site plan showing how the retirement complex in Beverley could be laid out. (Image: East Riding of Yorkshire

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