Plans for retirement flats edge nearer

An artist's impression of what the retirement apartments would look like.
An artist's impression of what the retirement apartments would look like.

Plans for a new building consisting of retirement apartments for older people in a nearby village look set to receive the green light.

The planning application, submitted by McCarthy and Stone Retirement Lifestyles, is for full planning permission to build the 24 flats on Low Catton Road in Stamford Bridge, at the site of a former nursing home known as The Grange.

The application was deferred by East Riding Council’s western area sub-committee pending the completion of section 106 agreement to secure a financial contribution towards affordable housing provision and a commuted sum in lieu of the provision of on site adult open space.

But after this has been completed, the council’s director of planning and regeneration, Alan Menzies will be authorised to approve the application subject to the conditions set out in his report to the sub-committee. The decision by the sub-committee was recommended by Mr Menzies in his report.

Steve Secker, Regional Managing Director for McCarthy and Stone Retirement Lifestyles, said: “After finalising details with the council, we will start work on the site with the hope of beginning construction early next year. McCarthy and Stone would like to thank all those local residents and community groups for their support and offering valuable feedback throughout the consultation process.”

Stamford Bridge Parish Council recommended that the application should be approved. The local authority received two letters in support of the plans from local residents for a number of reasons, including “the site has been left in a bad state for a number of years and this development would improve the whole area” and “the site is ideally suited to providing accommodation for retired people.” Three objections have been raised from residents for several reasons, including “the building is too tall and out of keeping with the conservation area” and “8 Heather Bank would be overlooked with a loss of privacy.”

The Grange nursing home which previously stood on the site was severely damaged by fire and finally demolished a few years ago. Before the demolition outline planning consent was granted in 2008 for a 60-bed nursing home on the site to replace the existing former nursing home.