Leeds sheltered homes to be sold off as part of overhaul

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A Leeds sheltered housing complex is to be sold off by the council after it was declared “surplus to requirements”.

Cockcroft House in Headingley is to be put out to tender, as part of a raft of sales of sheltered OAP homes.

The complex – made up of a Victorian main building and a 1970s grey-brick annexe – had just six residents, who have now been moved to other accommodation. It had capacity for 24 people.

The sell-off is part of a wide ranging review of sheltered accommodation in Leeds.

Headingley Labour councillor Neil Walshaw said: “The building was past its sell-by date as a facility. It had just six tenants. It had a limited attraction for people.”

He said his preferred option for the “prime residential site” would be new family homes, with allowance for a green community space.

The “disposal” of several sheltered homes sites was agreed by the council earlier this year as part of the authority’s Older People’s Housing and Care strategy.

A report said: “The sites identified would be attractive on the open market for residential development”.

Leeds currently has 149 sheltered schemes which are council-managed.

Cockcroft House was one of five sheltered housing sites identified as “surplus” and suitable for sale as potential residential development.

The others in the same cluster were Kendall Carr in Burley, Holborn Court in Woodhouse, Hillside Reception Centre in Bramley and Park Lees in Beeston.

The YEP reported earlier this year that four OAP care homes were due to be closed as part of a £4m savings package. Budget proposals to be discussed by the decision-making executive board this week will suggest further savings options in 2014/15.

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