Proposal for site of Laverly House, West Lane

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Resident Ian Lyons, pictured in front of Laverly House, is in favour of plans to build a nursing home on the site Buy this photo » Resident Ian Lyons, pictured in front of Laverly House, is in favour of plans to build a nursing home on the site

Plans to build a £3m nursing home in the district have been unveiled.

If successful, the proposed 56-bedroom facility, on the site of Laverly House in West Lane, Baildon, will create 30 full-time equivalent jobs and offer local people high-quality residential care in the area.

A number of residents have already welcomed the scheme, but two local councillors have raised concerns it could lead to increased noise and traffic problems in the area.

Applicant Brendan Holt said: “It will be a modern, state-of-the-art nursing home fit for the future. The bedrooms will all be en-suite and there will be special rooms for people with dementia and other specific care requirements.

“It will all be set in landscaped gardens designed with older people in mind. There is a need for this in Baildon. There are a lot of older homes around, but there is nothing modern in the area like this.

“There has also been a lot of houses built in Baildon, but there hasn’t been any infrastructure to go with it.”

He said the facility will be run by his four children, three of whom are nurses and one is training to be a doctor.

The proposals include demolishing the existing detached property to make way for the nursing home and 24 car parking spaces. Planning permission to build six houses already exists on the site.

Local resident Ian Lyons, of Cliffe Avenue, Baildon, said: “This is a purpose-built nursing home which will create significant employment. We need this facility. At the moment people who need a nursing home are lucky if they can get in somewhere in Shipley.

“This is about loyalty to the people that live in our community and can no longer look after themselves.”

However, Baildon Conservative ward councillors Val Townend and Roger L’Amie expressed concerns about the plans.

Coun L’Amie said: “The nursing home is too large for the site and will be out of keeping with its immediate neighbours, which are mainly semi-detached houses.

“The other problem is that the area is poorly served by public transport. The nursing home will generate a lot of traffic from staff and visitors and cause problems in West Lane, which is already busy.

“Food and other services would also need to be delivered by large vehicles which would cause further issues that you wouldn’t get if the site was made in to a residential development.”

Coun Townend also argued there wasn’t enough car parking spaces for the site. She said: “People are very concerned about the impact it will have. It could be that Baildon does need a nursing home, but it should be built on a more suitable site.”

Resident Jon Roughton said criticising the plans is short-sighted and claimed he was looking for work in the care industry and would welcome the opportunity of a job near his home.

A final decision is expected to be made by Bradford Council by February.

e-mail: kathryn.bradley@telegraphandargus.co.uk

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