Plan to build 80-bed care home on old stone quarry site

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A new 80-bed care home could be built at the site of an old stone quarry in Castleford.

Hill Care Limited wants to build a three-storey complex at the former Gillatts Quarry off Redhill Drive, but the plans are subject to planners giving it approval.

The Wakefield Council site was partly bought by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, which intended to build a community station on the land before deciding against it.

In a design and access statement, architect Philip Moore wrote: “The development proposed would respect and enhance the character of its setting and context and we believe should be supported as a significant amenity and inward investment into the immediate area.

“We also believe that the purchase of the site will take away a financial liability by the current owners.”

Each floor of the proposed home would have separate lounges to create quiet spaces to accommodate resident’s needs.

It would include a secure garden with rosemary, lavender, silver sage, black bamboo, fern and mint for residents to enjoy.

The design statement reads: “The entrance lobby is intended to feel more like a health spa/gym with shops and activity and somewhere to meet for a coffee.

“This aims to challenge the stereotype of the secure ‘jail like’ air locked area that so typifies converted homes of the past.”

A decision about the care home will be made by October 7.

To comment on the application, visit the online planning page at www.wakefield.gov.uk.