Daniella Johnson

26th September 2013

Planning Approval Gained for Extra Care Scheme in Bingley


Planning permission has been granted for an extra care and dementia care development at Fernbank Drive, Bingley for Abbeyfield Society.

The site was occupied by Bingley Hospital until recently and will now provide much needed extra care facilities for the older members of society.

Consisting of 47no. 1 and 2 bedroom residential flats with associated common facilities, these affordable self-contained flats, aimed at frail older people. The shared facilities include residents’ restaurant and lounge areas, hair and beauty salon, laundry, assisted bathroom and small kiosk shop. There are also staff offices and service areas. The residents, dependant on their needs, will have access to different levels of care up to 24 hour care. The complex will also have its own secure sensory garden area. The Day Centre facility will be open generally to older people within the Bingley area, allowing them to remain for longer in their own homes.

There is also a Dementia Wing providing 30no. individual rooms for the care of residents suffering from Dementia. It is divided into 3 clusters with access to a dining room with therapeutic kitchen and adjacent lounge. Full nursing care will be available to these residents. Dementia residents will have their own assisted bathroom and a quiet room with access to a secure garden area.

The building adopts a hub approach to space planning whereby the flats are located within distinct wings connected to the central hub. This makes the relatively large building easier to navigate for residents and reduces the distance of flats from the communal facilities. The form of the building has been designed to be broken up visually so as not to present a large monolithic form when viewed from any particular location. It responds to the steeply sloping site and respects neighbouring properties.

The design has also evolved in response to comments from the planning officer and arising out of the public consultation process. This is particularly evident in the way in which the proposed building relates to its immediate neighbours.

Due to go on site June 2014 it is anticipated that the completed development will provide an exemplar scheme for Abbeyfield nationally.