New care home plans progress in York

Draft masterplan published for Bootham Park Hospital site
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Plans to provide more modern, high quality care beds for older residents in York as part of the council’s Older Persons’ Accommodation Programme are moving forward.

The council is being asked to approve land transactions and lease agreements to enable Yorkare Homes Limited to redevelop and upgrade Haxby Hall. When complete, this will help meet the need for good quality care in high quality care homes across the city.

Yorkare’s plans to extend and improve the accommodation at Haxby Hall will ensure uninterrupted care for the residents. Under the plans, residents will be able to stay in the home whilst work progresses on the site. The plans will also ensure continued employment for the Hall’s staff by transferring their employment from the council to the operator.

Yorkare are aiming to create over 60 new bedrooms, equipped with en-suite facilities for improved privacy.

To deliver this higher quality of care and ensure minimal disruption to residents, two neighbouring properties have been acquired to provide access to the rear of the site. The council’s Executive is being asked to agree to a long lease for the site, for which Yorkare will pay the council £450,000.

A period of consultation will take place with local residents, community groups and organisations before planning permission is sought.

Councillor Carol Runciman, executive member for adult social care and health, said: “The Older Persons’ Accommodation Programme is an excellent opportunity to replace outdated care homes for older people here in York and deliver new modern housing options. These will improve the city’s capacity  to support older people remain as independent as possible and meet their care needs.

“This work to improve and extend Haxby Hall is part of our commitment to modernise and significantly improve our accommodation options for older people across the city. I’m grateful to the staff at Haxby Hall who have continued to deliver good care to the residents, particularly whilst discussions have been taking place. I’m looking forward to seeing the plans for Haxby Hall develop over the coming months.”