Leeds retirement village with new jobs to replace ‘neglected’ housing estates

A retirement village that can accommodate 66 elderly people could be built on a former housing estate in Guiseley. Developers McCarthy Stone have submitted proposals to build a 51-apartment, 15-bungalow complex on vacant Silverdale Avenue land in the city.

The company says the program would create 20 full-time jobs and that the site’s communal facilities would include gardens, a lounge, a restaurant and charging rooms for mobility scooters. In its planning statement, the company said the program “will provide a range of economic benefits, including full-fledged direct employment, supporting the local economy with increased attendance and local spending.”

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They added that there would also be social benefits. They said: “Through the provision of specialist accommodation for older people, giving older people a choice of accommodation to help them retain their independence, stay in an inclusive community and reduce pressure on health facilities.”

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The application says the old housing estate, which is in a residential area opposite a long row of houses, is now “neglected” after being unused for several years. A decision on whether or not to approve will likely be made by Leeds City Council in the coming months.

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