£20m elderly care scheme proposed for Thirsk
- 20 April 2012
- From the section York & North Yorkshire
More than £20m could be spent on new care facilities for the elderly at Thirsk in North Yorkshire.
The scheme would involve the replacement of an elderly people's home with a new and larger extra care housing development.
A new health centre, replacing the town's community hospital, and a community library could also be built
North Yorkshire County Council said the scheme was a "once in generation opportunity".
The Conservative-run council said it believed extra care housing offered older people the care and support they may need while enabling them to maintain a level of independence.
Its own figures suggest one in four of North Yorkshire's population will be aged over 65 and there will be an increase of 65% in the number of people aged over 85 by the end of the decade.
The scheme would involve the replacement of Cherry Garth, the county council's elderly people's home, with a new and larger extra care housing development in Chapel Street.
The 16-bed Lambert Memorial Community Hospital would be replaced with a new health centre.
A second extra care housing facility is being proposed as part of a major housing development at nearby Sowerby.
Gareth Dadd, county councillor for Thirsk, said: "This is a once in a generation opportunity. If the two extra care schemes come to fruition there will be state-of-the-art accommodation in Thirsk and Sowerby for upwards of 175 elderly people."
The county council is working on the scheme in partnership with national housing association, Housing 21, and Keepmoat, a regeneration specialist.
The authority said funding for the scheme would come from its partners, existing budgets for social care and government grants.