Work set to begin on £3m care home

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WORK is set to get under way in September of a £3 million care home on the site of the former magistrates court in Whitby.

Planning permission for the home on Waterstead Lane was granted last month after owners Henson Healthcare outbid Whitby Town Council for the site.

There will be 47 bedrooms and the development will also include a beauty salon, cinema, residents’ cafe and multi-activity room.

It will lead to 40 full and part time jobs and the first residents are expected to be able to move in at the end of summer next year.

This week the developers released an artists’ impression of how the home will look after the initial proposals were met with objections by residents who were concerned about the impact of the new building compared to existing houses and potential traffic problems the development might cause.

Iain Murphy, of Newcastle-based architects Alston Murphy Associates, said: “We want to create a care home that is at the heart of the community and has the support of local residents and townspeople.

“Whitby is badly in need of this facility. The majority of existing homes are converted multi-storey Victorian terraces, and difficult to transform into modern, accessible care homes that meet complex needs.

“We listened to the views of residents who provided us with very valuable local knowledge, and changed the outline proposals to better reflect their wishes.”

Henson Healthcare operations director Valerie Norton added the development will be a far cry from the outdated view of care homes and that they expect a big demand from local people who don’t want to be forced to move out of town to find care.

In light of residents concerns certain conditions have been set as part of the planning permission.

They include deliveries and waste/refuse/re-cycling collections to be made from the car park area to the west of the care home building, using the Waterstead Lane entrance to the site; obscure glazing of some of the first floor windows and a detailed travel plan to encourage staff to use alternative transport rather than private cars.

The developers also agreed to limit construction work to 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.