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Planning application submitted for new sheltered housing site

Efforts to modernise sheltered housing provision in Driffield have moved a step closer after East Riding of Yorkshire Council submitted a planning application to demolish and rebuild Deira Court.

The accommodation, off The Mount, will be knocked down and a new development which meets current regulations will replace it.

The existing building is made up of 16 bedsits, 24 one-bedroom flats and one two-bedroom flat – but a report to support the planning application explains why the current design is unsuitable.

Describing the existing building as having ‘significant shortcomings’, a design statement for the project says: “All flats, with the exception of the two bedroomed flat fall significantly below current national space standards.

Deira Court, The Mount, Driffield

“Furthermore the flats are connected by narrow corridors and staircases making the whole site largely inaccessible for people with mobility issues.

“There is no lift access to upper floor flats, which restricts who can occupy the upper floors.

“Internally, the flats do not provide future proof, accessible spaces to permit residents to ‘age in place’.

“The age of the building and its layout are not energy efficient and the potential to replace gas heating with low carbon alternatives has proven unfeasible.

“Due to these significant shortcomings and the increasing demand for modern, efficient, accessible one and two bedroomed flats the local authority are proposing to demolish and replace the current building.”

The replacement building will be three storeys high and will have 44 apartments. This will be made up of 32 one-bedroom properties for couples and 12 two-bedroom apartments for three people.

The council says this offers greater flexibility in the accommodation’s capacity.

Four of the apartments will be designed to be wheelchair accessible, and the development will be more energy efficient, with air source heat pumps replacing gas as the main energy source.

In addition to the flats, there will also be a residents’ lounge and a small support office and a mobility scooter store.

The design statement adds: “The health and care economy is struggling to address demand placed on its services due to an ageing demographic.

“This housing supports people to live independently at home for longer, providing more fulfilling lives for its residents.

“It also supports health and adult social care provision through reduced use of acute health services and residential care, and improving timescales for hospital discharge.”

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