Residents launch protest over 65 Saltaire apartments for the elderly on former care home site

Villagers' petition over apartments plan for former care home site

Protesters at the site of the former Neville Grange Resource Centre, Saltaire

The site of the former Neville Grange Resource Centre, Saltaire

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

Angry residents have blasted plans to build 65 apartments at a former Saltaire care home site over fears of “dangerous” levels of increased traffic.

The proposal on the former Neville Grange Resource Centre, Queens Road, features the construction of 45 extra care apartments for the elderly and 20 intermediate care units and associated communal facilities, including a restaurant/cafe.

The site would be over three floors with 21 one-bedroom and 24 two-bedroom apartments and would feature two car parks of a combined 32 spaces. This is spilt into eight parking spaces at the lower ground level, accessed off Ferncliffe Road, and 24 spaces at the upper ground level, off Queens Road.

Nearby residents fear the site would see an increase in traffic on Queens Road, the main access route to the proposed development, and would be dangerous.

Neville Grange shut last November as part of plans to create four ‘Extra Care’ facilities in the district, under Bradford Council’s new Great Places To Grow Old strategy.

The Council’s executive approved plans to redevelop Neville Grange in January last year. A Council presentation on the plans will be made to residents at Saltaire Methodist Church, Saltaire Road, on Wednesday, between 4pm and 6pm.

Martin Hird, of Victoria Avenue, Saltaire, has organised a petition signed by more than 50 residents against the plans.

He said: “Residents are up in arms about it. It’s horrendous now with the parking.

“All the services will be coming in on a daily basis, like doctors, nurses and family and they will all be coming up Queens Road.

“The new site is going to be vastly different, a lot bigger. The building will overshadow our homes and the building will block our views of Saltaire village.

Richard Burnham, principal development manager at Bradford Council, said: “We are aware that local residents are concerned about parking problems in the area.

“We have designed a scheme in such a way that we have car parking dealt with on the site.”

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7:17am Mon 2 Jun 14

Albion. says...

As the previous site housed nurses visiting people in their homes, I think the traffic problem has been exaggerated.
As the previous site housed nurses visiting people in their homes, I think the traffic problem has been exaggerated. Albion.
  • Score: 12

7:26am Mon 2 Jun 14

Bornagain2him says...

It does seem a case of 'Not In By Back Yard'
It does seem a case of 'Not In By Back Yard' Bornagain2him
  • Score: 12

7:28am Mon 2 Jun 14

bd7 helper says...

Let's get it rollin
Let's get it rollin bd7 helper
  • Score: 5

8:49am Mon 2 Jun 14

damraf says...

Reading the article the apartments are for the high need older people (which there is a shortage off I can add) so I cannot see them driving much the spaces will be used by the staff and will be just the same as before
Reading the article the apartments are for the high need older people (which there is a shortage off I can add) so I cannot see them driving much the spaces will be used by the staff and will be just the same as before damraf
  • Score: 9

6:59pm Mon 2 Jun 14

just say it says...

This is not really just about the parking or about the residents of Victoria avenue although they will be badly affected by poor access (caused by congestion) to their homes.
The volume of traffic to this development will be greater than the previous building, the facilities and number of dwellings is much higher by far.
The main point is that Queens road is directly off the Saltaire junction, formerly the roundabout. This area is already famously congested every day and increasing the traffic in this area is very bad news to the hundreds of people who already have to pass through this area daily.
This is not really just about the parking or about the residents of Victoria avenue although they will be badly affected by poor access (caused by congestion) to their homes. The volume of traffic to this development will be greater than the previous building, the facilities and number of dwellings is much higher by far. The main point is that Queens road is directly off the Saltaire junction, formerly the roundabout. This area is already famously congested every day and increasing the traffic in this area is very bad news to the hundreds of people who already have to pass through this area daily. just say it
  • Score: -1

7:24pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Albion. says...

just say it wrote:
This is not really just about the parking or about the residents of Victoria avenue although they will be badly affected by poor access (caused by congestion) to their homes.
The volume of traffic to this development will be greater than the previous building, the facilities and number of dwellings is much higher by far.
The main point is that Queens road is directly off the Saltaire junction, formerly the roundabout. This area is already famously congested every day and increasing the traffic in this area is very bad news to the hundreds of people who already have to pass through this area daily.
So would you prefer the land left derelict or maybe a change of plan to a row of council flats? Your description might be accurate if it were a supermarket but it is anything but. This is a much needed addition to the housing and extended care of the elderly and it was known that it was going to be so before the demolition of Neville Grange.
[quote][p][bold]just say it[/bold] wrote: This is not really just about the parking or about the residents of Victoria avenue although they will be badly affected by poor access (caused by congestion) to their homes. The volume of traffic to this development will be greater than the previous building, the facilities and number of dwellings is much higher by far. The main point is that Queens road is directly off the Saltaire junction, formerly the roundabout. This area is already famously congested every day and increasing the traffic in this area is very bad news to the hundreds of people who already have to pass through this area daily.[/p][/quote]So would you prefer the land left derelict or maybe a change of plan to a row of council flats? Your description might be accurate if it were a supermarket but it is anything but. This is a much needed addition to the housing and extended care of the elderly and it was known that it was going to be so before the demolition of Neville Grange. Albion.
  • Score: 5

11:27am Tue 3 Jun 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Seems a good idea to utilise an existing site rather than destroying Greenfield sites!
Seems a good idea to utilise an existing site rather than destroying Greenfield sites! Bone_idle18
  • Score: 1

11:28am Tue 3 Jun 14

Bone_idle18 says...

wonder how many of the residents who are protesting contribute to congestion by having 2 cars? Or driving on journeys less than a mile, rather than walking?
wonder how many of the residents who are protesting contribute to congestion by having 2 cars? Or driving on journeys less than a mile, rather than walking? Bone_idle18
  • Score: 1

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