Vow to continue with care village proposal

Chris Mitchell
Chris Mitchell
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A BUSINESSMAN has vowed to keep up his fight to bring a care village to Barmby Moor, which would create 150 new jobs.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council planners have already refused Chris Mitchell’s application to build a care village accommodating around 100 elderly people on land off Feoffee Common Lane.

This came after concerns were expressed over the impact of increased traffic on the A1079, the visual effect of the buildings on the surrounding countryside and whether the scheme was sustainable.

However, Mr Mitchell is optimistic that further discussions with the council could see his plans given the green light after they won valuable support from the council’s Adult Services and local GPs.

The ambitious proposals aim to create a self-sufficient care village comprising of a residential care home, 24 bungalows, dementia suite, shops and leisure facilities.

Mr Mitchell, who already owns the land, pointed out that half of it already has planning permission for 24 log cabins to be built and the other half is occupied by a disused turkey farm.

He said: “We could go ahead and develop the log cabins, and even re-open the turkey farm and that would be allowed because permission is already in place.

“Our studies show that the impact of these in terms of noise and traffic would be far worse than the care village which would create 150 jobs - most of them full time - as well as creating jobs during its construction and bringing inward investment.”

He said he had ‘great respect’ for council planners and had received their backing for previous projects, adding: “With hindsight we perhaps went live a month too early as the massive support we received from ERYC’s Adult Services team and portfolio holder for care, Coun Richard Harrap, came in very close to the planning meeting date and, as such, its impact was not as pronounced as it could have been.

“However, the importance of this support cannot be underestimated as this is in the public domain and they are responsible for all elderly care placements funded by East Riding Council.

“We spent a long time with them going through the whole thing and they are at one with us and see our vision in terms of what it provides the elderly and vulnerable in the area.”

Mr Mitchell, who owns care homes in Yorkshire and Lancashire, said that he would expect between 60 and 70 per cent of the residents in his proposed new care village to be state funded.

The nearby parish councils of Yapham and Newton-on-Derwent objected to the proposals on the grounds that increased traffic would be undesirable. However, the highways department did not find cause for concern and the council’s visual impact team said the care village’s effect on the surrounding landscape would be ‘negligible’.

Mr Mitchell also explained that a mini-bus system providing transport for staff that has proved successful at his other sites would be used in Barmby Moor to cut down on the number of cars visiting the care village daily.

He has now vowed to continue working with the council to try and get his care village dream realised.

He said: “This is the start, not the end and I feel like when I first failed my driving test at 17!

“I know what I got right and now I have to fine tune the rest to get the support I need from planning to see this through, and to this end we intend to work very hard with East Riding Council’s planning and economic regeneration team.”

Mr Mitchell is keen to hear what local residents think about his care village proposal and has asked people to email their views to him at chrismitchell@yorkheritage.co.uk