THREE new care homes are on the way to Kirklees.
The Council’s cabinet has approved a deal that will see three care homes for older people being built, together with a number of apartments for older people on two of the sites.
The sites of the former council-run care homes at Ashworth Court in Dewsbury, Lydgate House in Batley and Greenacres in Meltham will each be developed for 60-bed homes after the sale is completed to a private care home company.
In addition to the residential homes, there will be 15 special care apartments built on each of the Lydgate House and Greenacres site.
The cabinet has authorised officers to finalise the deal, with the preferred bidder – Orchard Care Homes – from three specialist care home companies which submitted bids.
Subject to planning permission, the homes are expected to be completed by the summer of next year and the apartments the following spring and summer.
The three sites became surplus to council requirements under its modernisation and improvement drive for care for services for older people, with priorities geared to services that support people living independently in their own homes with specialist residential care when that became needed.
Cllr Margaret Bates, the cabinet member for adult and social services, said: “While agreeing to sell the sites some time ago, the cabinet always stipulated that they would only be sold on condition that they be redeveloped for care services for older people.
“Further discussions will be held with the preferred bidder on some aspects of the proposals but at the end of the day we will see three new purpose-built, high-quality care homes, together with apartments with care services on site.”