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Work finally starts on new care home

Work to build a new 68-bedroom care home on the site of the former Viking Centre in Driffield has finally got underway this month.

Builders Stubbs Construction moved onto the site on Middle Street North on Monday 6th March with the works expected to take 68 weeks for an opening in summer 2024.

The care home is being developed by East Yorkshire-based Yorkare Homes, which operates a number of care homes across East Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and York.

As well as 68-bedrooms, the care home will include an inhouse bar, hair and beauty salon, cinema, artificial bowling green and allotments.

It will provide services for residential care and a specialist dementia care unit, along with a number of apartments for couples who wish to live independently.

Yorkare Homes’ development director, Laurence Garton, said: “Builders Stubbs Construction were due to start on site on Monday (6th March).

“The build is a 68-week process and so it will be complete by summer 2024.”

Yorkare Homes Ltd received planning permission in November 2020 for the state-of-the-art facility on land formerly occupied by the old Post Office and the Viking Centre.

Demolition work began soon after, however the site has been very quiet for the past 18 months with little progress being made.

The original planning application included provision for an extension to the neighbouring Medical Centre, however as reported in the Wolds Weekly, plans for the extension have fallen through with the cost-of-living crisis cited as one of the reasons.

Driffield Town Clerk Claire Binnington said the care home development would breathe much needed life into Middle Street North.

She said: “Driffield Town Council is delighted that work is starting on the new care home in Middle Street North.

“We appreciate such a large development will take some considerable time; however, we are confident that Yorkare will deliver a facility of the highest standards, which will be a great asset to the town.

“Most importantly, we believe this development will breathe new, much needed life, into Middle Street North.

“This, coupled with the plans for the renovation of the former Red Lion pub and the work of the wonderful businesses in Middle Street North, will signal a revitalisation of this part of the town centre.”

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