The planning application for a new 65 bed residential and dementia care home at Haxby Hall has been approved by Council’s planning committee.
When complete, Haxby Hall will be able to offer 65 en-suite bedrooms 47 of which for residential care and 18 for people living with dementia, as well as luxuriously appointed restaurant and bar areas, hairdressers, a home cinema and spaces for meeting friends and family and social events. The completed home will also offer landscaped gardens as well as terraces for its less mobile residents.
The plans to extend and improve the accommodation at Haxby Hall will ensure uninterrupted care for the residents. Under the plans, residents will be able to stay in the home whilst work progresses on the site.
This is in line with the council’s visionary Older People’s Accommodation Programme to deliver some 900 units of high-quality accommodation across the city. The Older Persons’ Accommodation Programme aims to support older people to live well and independently in both “extra-care” and purpose-built apartments and buildings, replacing the council’s out-dated older people’s homes with a wide range of more modern accommodation meeting current care standards.
Cllr Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, commented:
“This increase in accessible modern residential and dementia care accommodation will mean more local residents can stay local as their care needs increase; ensuring that Haxby and Wigginton is equipped for everyone to live life to the full here, for their whole lives. The new building will include specialist provision for people living with dementia and will help meet the city’s need for high-quality accommodation for growing numbers of older people.
“Crucially, these plans will also ensure continued employment for the Hall’s staff and ensure that the local economy is supported and local jobs are not only protected but also created.”
Cllr Ed Pearson, Liberal Democrat councillor for Haxby and Wigginton, added:
“As a local campaigner and councillor I, along with my colleagues, have long supported and campaigned for the continued provision of a care home on the Haxby Hall site; a facility which has existed for several decades at the very heart of the community here in Haxby and Wigginton. I am really pleased that after several years of hard work by Liberal Democrat councillors, Executive Members and Council officers we are now at a point where developers are ready to begin work now the plans have been approved by the planning committee.
“We will continue to work with developers to mitigate any concerns that local residents have and to ensure good communications channels, especially during construction phases.”