Artist’s impression of new care home site

An architect's impression of the care home planned for the site of the Wheatsheaf Inn on Harrogate Road. Picture: KD Design.
An architect's impression of the care home planned for the site of the Wheatsheaf Inn on Harrogate Road. Picture: KD Design.

Ripon could be in line for a new 70 bed, £5million care home in the city.

Developers KD Design have submitted plans for a new facility on the site of the old Wheatsheaf Inn on Harrogate Road.

Les Chaplin, CEO of care home operators Blue Brick Healthcare, said the proposed home could create the equivalent of 70-75 full-time jobs in the city, including managers, nurses, care assistants and maintenance staff, generating around £700,000 for the city’s economy each year.

The home will be split into four smaller units, including specialist dementia, nursing, and residential care facilities. It will cater for 70 residents in total, and will be able to accommodate couples by joining rooms.

The company says it will cost around £5million to construct and they plan to spend at least £4million of that with Ripon suppliers and tradesmen.

However, council conservation officers are concerned over the appearance of the proposed building.

Their response to the planners’ consultation said: “The proposal would be out of scale and incongruous with the street scene and surrounding area due to its height, massing, siting and the overall density of the development ... The general design of the building in terms of its form, massing and elevations would not contribute positively to the street scene on this important entrance to the city of Ripon.”

Blue Brick Healthcare currently have one care home under construction in Louth, Lincolnshire, and planning applications in for two facilities in Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire.

Their Lincolnshire home, Wolds Care Centre, was named by a competition winner from a local primary school, and the company says it plans to run a similar competition in Ripon if plans are given the go-ahead.

An application for eight homes to be built on the site was approved by council planners in 2008, while an application for a 60 bed care home on the same site, also by KD Design, was made in August last year before being withdrawn.

“Blue Brick have owned the Wheatsheaf site for around nine months,” Mr Chaplin added, “and we hope to hear from the planners within the next two or three weeks.”