A York council care home will be demolished and a new 64-bedroom facility built in its place, under plans just made public.
The old council-run Oakhaven care home on Acomb Road has lain empty for more than five years.
Now healthcare company Burlington Care has submitted plans to knock it down and build a 2.5 storey 64-bed care home for the elderly, also called Oak Haven.
Located next to Acomb police station, the new care home “will provide high quality accommodation for the elderly in a pleasant and home-like setting, with access to landscaped gardens and communal amenity spaces onsite,” say planning documents.
“The care home will provide private rooms of varying sizes for elderly people with needs ranging from general care and supervision through to nursing care, and those residents living with dementia requiring more intensive attention.
“Care packages will be provided to meet the specific requirements of individual residents.”
The documents point out that York currently has 1,300 care home beds, with a further 158 in development, leaving a shortage of 576 beds. The city’s care homes are operating at approximately 98% capacity, which puts significant pressure on the sector.
Burlington has bought the 0.8 acre site from City of York Council and redesigned the scheme after consultations with city planning officers.
It also help a consultation event at The Gateway Centre in Acomb in December. Most respondents liked the scheme: “The key concerns expressed were chiefly regarding car parking levels, and whether the proposal provided enough,” documents say.
The plans include 19 parking spaces.
You can read the planning application and comment here.