Care village for Barmby planned

Feoffee Common lane
Feoffee Common lane

A CARE village that would accommodate more than 100 people and provide jobs for nearly 200 is being planned for Barmby Moor.

The proposals by York Heritage, which runs a home at Thornton-le-Dale in North Yorkshire, include building an 80-bed care home and 24 two-bedroom bungalows on land north of Spring House Farm on Feoffee Common Lane.

The planned village would also have a newsagent, a hairdressing salsons, a café/restaurant, and a shop/post office, as well as leisure facilities.

The bungalows, which are seen as essential to developing a community feel at the village, would be for over-55’s only.

According to planning application documents, the project would create 100 full-time jobs and 80 part-time roles.

Chris Mitchell, planning agent for York Heritage, said care villages were increasingly popular.

However, he feels many care villages are cramped because they had been developed on existing sites, rather than being newly built with space.

He said: “Our site offers the very best of both worlds, in that there is the space and the amazing views for residents to enjoy all the finer things that life has to offer in their later years, while being fully integrated into a vibrant and active community and community spirit, with like-minded neighbours with very similar needs and desires.

“This scheme and others like it is where the future of care for the elderly and vulnerable lies.”

Mr Mitchell said the new village, if approved, would be secure and gated.

He said the bungalows near the care home would help couples with differing needs to avoid being split up when one needed greater care, and said the care home would also include a dementia suite.

The planning application has been supported by Elvington Medical Practice.

Dr Timothy Longmore, from the practice, wrote a letter to Mr Mitchell saying: “The project sounds very exciting and extremely necessary.

“We have talked as a practice about your proposal and recognise the value and would be happy to provide general medical care.

“The location at Barmby Moor is ideally suited for the villages we cover and would also serve the areas out towards Pocklington.”

He welcomed having local amenities near the residents, the provision of a minibus link, and the organisation of social events for residents.

A spokesman for Barmby Moor Parish Council said it was unable to comment on the plans at this stage.

The plans can be viewed on East Riding Council’s website, or at its offices. The case reference number is 11/04180/STOUT.