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Skipton retirement homes given go-ahead
4:08pm Wednesday 13th February 2013 in News
Retirement home specialists have been given the go-ahead to build a five-storey block of 33 flats next to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.
An agent for McCarthy and Stone told the latest planning committee meeting of Craven District Council that the company had wanted to build in Skipton for several years. Chris Butt, of the Planning Bureau, said the site – part of Belle Vue Mills in Skipton – was ideally located close to the railway and bus stations and to shops.
He said the typical occupier of their properties were people in their late 60s and early 70s looking to downsize.
Principal planning officer Mark Moore said efforts had been made to make the five-storey building resemble a warehouse building, as had been on the site originally.
The site, which was cleared in 2007, already has planning permission for the building of 14 town houses.
The “later living” development would include 21 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom units. The development would include communal areas.