Villagers' petition over apartments plan for former care home site (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Residents launch protest over 65 Saltaire apartments for the elderly on former care home site
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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