Retirement complex plan backed
A DERELICT former mill site in Hebden Bridge could be transformed into a housing complex for older people.
McCarthy And Stone Retirement Lifestyles Ltd has applied to Calderdale Council to build a 35-bedroom apartment block at the former Hangingroyd Mill on Victoria Road.
The plan would include 20 one-bedroom apartments, 15 two-bedroom apartments, a communal residents’ lounge, landscaping and an 18-space car park.
Steve Secker, regional managing director of McCarthy and Stone (Northern Region) said the feedback from public consultations held earlier in the year has enabled the developers to tailor the project to the needs of the local community.
“We’re delighted to be talking about McCarthy and Stone’s first development in Hebden Bridge which is a very attractive and well renowned place where we have been hoping to develop for many years,” said Mr Secker.
“Through our public consultation we received positive feedback from our future home-owners and the local community which helped us tailor our proposals into something people will want to see, enjoy and call home.
“We have now submitted a planning application and hope that our plans will also be welcomed by Calderdale Council when it is heard by their planning committee.”
The plans also include space for a guest suite, refuse area and house manager’s office. The minimum age for residents is 60, but their spouse can be as young as 55.
Calder Ward Councillor Janet Battye said: “I am impressed by it. What is important is the views of local people have been taken into account.
“What I like about the plans is that it looks like they have put a lot of thought into the design. They’re proposing to make good use of the site, which would benefit the local community.”
For further information visit www.consultation-online.co.uk/hebdenbridge. Any representations on the plans must be submitted by Friday, October 19.
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