PLANNING chiefs are looking at a scheme for the Storthes Hall site.
Kirkleees Council planners are examining an outline application to develop a Continuing Care Retirement Community at the former hospital site off Storthes Hall Lane, Kirkburton.
The continuing care concept, submitted by David Storrie Associates, is based on providing care services to people, appropriate to their needs within a single community.
It allows people to remain in their home for as long as possible, supported by residential and health care services.
There would also be a residential care home on site that residents can transfer into should the need arise.
A similar scheme has been operating successfully in York for years.
The Storthes Hall site was sold to the developer by Huddersfield University, which who had planned for a campus there.
The latest application seeks outline planning permission for the development. It also examines new access roads to serve the site.
The detailed layout and design of the development will be considered later.
The existing clock tower building on the site will be retained and extended to accommodate the care home, with facilities to support the community and a development of up to 300 care retirement bungalows.
A Kirklees Planning Services spokesman said: "The application has been advertised. Comments can be made in writing to the case officer, Steve Hopwood, at Planning Services, Civic Centre 3, Market Street, Huddersfield HD1 2JR."
The application can also be seen during office hours, quoting application reference 2005/60/91330/E3.