PLANS to build a huge new care home and multiple assisted living apartments in Scarborough have been unveiled.
Supermarket giant Tesco confirmed yesterday that the development will be built on the site of the chain’s Westwood store, if their proposal to open a new supermarket in Dean Road gets the green light.
The plans would see the supermarket redeveloped to accommodate 66 assisted living apartments and a care home which would house 61 elderly people.
Deborah Hayeems, corporate affairs manager for Tesco, said: “Our proposals for the redevelopment of our Westwood store will bring benefits to Scarborough by providing extra care for the elderly who want to stay independent.
“We are keen to ensure that this site remains in active use if we are able to relocate to Dean Road.
“We will work with the local community and Scarborough Borough Council to maximise the benefits that the new development can bring to Scarborough.”
Although the plans are in their infancy, Tesco have been locked in talks with respected developer McCarthy and Stone, which specialises in building retirement properties.
The companies made a joint presentation to Scarborough Council’s planning committee, in a bid to reassure councillors that the Westwood store would not remain derelict if the proposed Dean Road superstore is given planning permission.
Ms Hayeems added: “A consultation programme will begin before an application is submitted and Tesco will continue to work with McCarthy and Stone and council officers as plans progress. Following the consultation, plans will be submitted to the council later this year.”
It is understood that the planning application for the Dean Road store will be heard in September.
If permission is granted, building work on the care home and apartments would not start until the Dean Road store opens its doors. If planning permission is granted, it is expected to be ready in 2013.
A spokesperson for Tesco added: “Tesco has operated from the Westwood store for many years and is fully committed to making sure the town centre remains a busy and vibrant hub for local residents and businesses.
“To minimise disruption to loyal shoppers and to ensure job security for the staff, the Westwood site would not be available for redevelopment until the replacement store is opened.”
Some residents have opposed the Dean Road store, with thousands signing a petition against a supermarket development on the site.
Tesco claim the superstore would create 350 new jobs, many of which have been earmarked for the long-term unemployed, and attract people to Scarborough.