Harrogate care home to be bulldozed and replaced with new £15m facility

Plans to bulldoze a Harrogate care home to make way for a larger facility have been approved.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 5:23 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th May 2021, 5:26 pm
This is how the new care home on Wetherby Road will look now plans have been approved.

Angela Swift Developments and Burlington Care have won permission to replace Tate House on Wetherby Road with a new facility which they said would cost £15m and create up to 70 new jobs.

They submitted plans to Harrogate Borough Council last November after purchasing the building from the Royal National Institute of Blind People for £1.65m earlier in the year.

The new 90-bed facility opposite Harrogate Town's EnviroVent Stadium will be three storeys high and have a 27-space car park.

Residents living nearby and Harrogate Civic Society had previously raised concerns over the size of the building, as well as the traffic impact on Wetherby Road.

Construction is expected to begin in autumn with completion scheduled for late 2022, documents said.

Angela Swift Developments and Burlington Care were contacted for comment but did not respond at the time of publication.

Managing director Angela Swift previously said: “We are delighted to be developing in our home town, and we understand the requirements of the community very well.

"The pandemic has demonstrated even more the urgent need for facilities such as this, providing fully en suite accommodation for residents to be able to isolate within their own rooms if required, as well as having access to outdoor space.

“The design takes into account the needs of care home staff too, to help them work safely and efficiently.”

By Jacob Webster, Local Democracy Reporter