Pub conversion plan

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Demolition work by Oakley Plant Hire has started at the Barrowcliffe Pub.'084111 In News Drop Folder.

PLANS to convert the site of a former pub in Barrowcliff into a care home for the elderly will go before councillors again next week.

Scarborough Council’s planning committee will discuss the proposed development of the former Barrowcliff Hotel in Barrowcliff Road, which was demolished in October 2008.

A similar scheme was halted at the beginning of last year following the collapse of Malton-based builders Redworth Construction.

RDM Ltd has now submitted plans drawn up by Beverley-based Salt Architects Ltd to extend planning permission for the project, which was originally granted three years ago.

The proposed care home is likely to create 15 full-time and 15 part-time jobs, requiring staffing cover 24 hours a day.

Jill Low, the council’s planning manager, said: “The applicant has included extracts from the North Yorkshire County Council Audit and Community Services document entitled ‘Strategic Commissioning for Independence, Well-being and Choice (2007-2022)’ to support the need for the care home.

“The document sets out information regarding the ageing population of the county and the continuing trend in this regard. It predicts a 50 per cent increase in people over 65, and a 65 per cent increase in people over 85 by 2020.

“The report also points out there will be a significant increase in the number of people suffering from dementia and other memory-related conditions (54 per cent increase by 2020) and this will put extra burden on carers/family members and lead to additional demand for residential care accommodation.”

Two trees which are the subject of a Tree Preservation Order, together with a further tree on the site and one within the highway, are to be felled, although the plans indicate that new trees and shrub planting will be carried out both to the front and back of the building.

However, the council’s parks and countryside service is not objecting towards the application providing no more tree losses are identified than were previously granted consent for.

Officers have recommended for the scheme to be approved at Thursday’s planning meeting, and Mrs Low added: “The proposal is considered to represent an appropriate redevelopment of the site, providing for an attractive purpose-designed care home, which would bring additional employment opportunities to the area.

“The development is designed in a manner that is respectful of the amenities of neighbouring residential properties and is considered to accord with the relevant policies of the Scarborough Borough Local Plan.”