Plans for a £3.5million care home on an ‘eyesore’ former timber yard have been given the go ahead by Harrogate Borough Council.
Around 70 new jobs are expected to be created by the move which will see a three storey 73-bed care home built on the site of the derelict timber yard on Hambleton Grove.
Coun John Batt (Con, Knaresborough East) said: “It is excellent news, it will bring jobs to Knaresborough and it is a sustainable development as it is close to the bus stops and local amenities.
“The site has been a real eyesore; this will clean up the mess of that site. He added: “I just hope they get on with building it up quickly.”
The Headingley Care Group Ltd had originally applied for a 76-bed care home in September but these plans were amended so the home will be more ‘stepped back’ from Hambleton Grove, reducing the number of rooms.
Knaresborough Parish Council supported the plans.
The site has sat empty for more than 10 years and seen several planning applications refused or withdrawn.
In 2004 an application for a 61-bed care home at the site was rejected and a planning appeal refused. In 2008 plans for 10 houses were refused and in 2011 plans for 14 affordable houses were withdrawn.
Neighbours were concerned about lack of parking for the care home, which will have 17 parking spaces.
In Harrogate Borough Council’s report, planning officer Andy Hough said: “It is acknowledged that there is a modest shortfall in parking provision but given the sustainable location this would not justify refusal.”
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