Work continues on the Brighouse pension complex

CONSTRUCTION of living quarters for the elderly has begun on what was once a nursing home in Brighouse.

Burghley Retirement, part of Torsion Care, began work on the site to build 37 one- and two-bedroom apartments on Wood Lane.

The firm was granted permission by the City of Calderdale in December last year to demolish the old Elm Royd nursing home building to make room for a new apartment complex.

Confirming the start of construction on social media a few weeks ago, Torsion also made changes to the plans approved this week.

This includes rotating the building orientation, removing the Juliette balconies and updating the window positions to the common stairs.

Council planners approved the changes and said: “The proposed changes, neither individually nor cumulatively, are not considered to significantly alter the nature or impact of the development originally permitted, and the amended plan will still conform to all relevant development plan and national policy guidance, the original as indicated in the trail.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: An artist's impression of Burghley Retirement's 37-apartment retirement living complex in BrighouseAn artist’s impression of Burghley Retirement’s 37-apartment retirement living complex in Brighouse (Image: Burghley Pension)

A design and access statement accompanying the original plans states: “The site is currently occupied by a two-story redundant nursing home that has received additional ‘add-on’ extensions over the years, creating a lost original building. form and character.

“The hospice closed in 2017 and has since fallen into a state of disrepair.”

He adds that the layout follows the same principles established in a housing plan approved by a different contractor a year ago, including orientation and site access, and the footprint of the new building positioned flush with the nursing home building.

The company’s website describes the development as offering “safe and luxurious homes built to last.”

He also adds that the “modern and stylish” apartments will be finished to a high standard and include thoughtful features such as higher sockets, ultra-low-profile shower trays and non-slip floor tiles.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Construction is underway to build a 37-apartment retirement living complex on Wood Lane in BrighouseConstruction continues to build a 37-apartment retirement living complex on Wood Lane in Brighouse (Image: T&A)

Each apartment will also have a video door phone, burglar alarm and 24-hour emergency call system.

In 2017, Telegraph & Argus reported how the nursing home was declared a bedroom, which closed after a third poor review.

Later, the owner of B&H Vincent LLP appealed to Council to change its use as a multi-person home by converting the 42 bedrooms into bedrooms.

The house was also on the market for a guide price of £700,000.

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