Members of Harrogate Borough Council’s planning committee have voted unanimously in favour of allowing an application to replace the existing 20-bed residential care home with 36 apartments, which will allow disabled people the freedom to live independently.
The application has been deferred for approval subject to various conditions, including a Section 106 Agreement being agreed.
The charity, which this year celebrates its 85th anniversary, has partnered with South Yorkshire-based Highstone Housing Association to develop the site, plus an adjacent disused parcel of land, to accommodate three apartment blocks.
The first phase of the scheme – to construct 24, one and two-bed apartments, in the grounds of the current home, and on the neighbouring plot which it purchased from Harrogate Borough Council – is due to begin later this month.
The second phase will start with the demolition of the existing care home. This will be replaced with a further block housing 12 one and two-bed flats, plus a base for Disability Action Yorkshire support staff, who will be on site 24-hours-a-day.
Jackie Snape, Disability Action Yorkshire’s chief executive, said:
This is a very important day for us and possibly one of the most significant in our 85-year history.
It’s a very exciting time for us, and in particular for our Claro Road residents, all of whom will be guaranteed a flat to live in.
Our partners in this project are Highstone Housing Association. They are experts in building supported housing developments, and are looking forward to delivering their first high-profile scheme within the Harrogate District.
Founded 85 years ago, Disability Action has its headquarters and training centre on the town’s Hornbeam Park, a residential care home on Claro Road, and a holiday lodge in Lincolnshire.