A £1.8 million project has been revealed to demolish a care home complex in Winterton, North Lincolnshire
The plans would see De Lacy House, on De Lacy Way, flattened and replaced with 16 two-bedroom bungalows for the elderly, subject to planning permission from North Lincolnshire Council.
A Government grant will cover £370,000 of the cost, with the remainder being made up by North Lincolnshire Homes.
The demolition is part of a two-stage project involving a further 23 homes being built on the former Nassau House site, a few hundred yards from De Lacy House.
There are no permanent residents left in De Lacy House, but the care home is still used for respite care by two people at this moment.
Matt Buckley, deputy mayor of Winterton Town Council, said: “This is quite disappointing. We would be happy if improvements were being made, but we will no longer have access to respite care in the town.
“De Lacy House can offer that service, but the proposed bungalows will just be a permanent dwelling for elderly residents.
“Also, only two of them have disabled access for wheelchair users, which feels like a pretty poor replacement.
“I feel like this is a big step backwards and there will be quite a few upset people in the town. They value the care provided by people working there and don’t think things will be the same.
“What needs to be done is to look at these plans and properly decide whether it is the right move.”
Jim Harding, chairman of Winterton Senior Citizens’ Forum, said: “To be truthful I think it is a perfectly good building that has had a lot of investment over the years.
Subject to planning permission, the demolition and subsequent construction of bungalows is due to start in the summer months, and is likely to be completed by August 2014.
Rob Waltham, cabinet member for people at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “It is going to be improved and better accommodation, and will allow elderly people to live in their own houses for as long as possible.”
The 16-bungalow care complex will also have a £100,000 communal facility on site, paid for by North Lincolnshire Council.
Martin Phillips, development manager for North Lincolnshire Homes, said: “This project, in comparison to some of our other ongoing developments which are more focused around building rural homes, is about scale.
“We are looking to provide 39 dwellings on the site in order to meet ever-increasing demand for affordable homes in the county.”
Source: This is Scunthorpe