Progress at last over fate of Leeds care home

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A care home in Leeds - which became the centre of a political wrangle about its future - could now be demolished to make way for new purpose-built flats for the elderly.

Residents of Rosemont in Bramhope have been presented with three potential options for the future of the sheltered accommodation as part of an eagerly awaited consultation.

The YEP reported earlier that a bureaucratic bungle had left Leeds council bosses red-faced - after a letter was mistakenly sent the care home residents wrongly telling them the facility was about to be shut down.

It led to a war of wards between parliamentary candidate Greg Mulholland and the council’s planning and neighbourhoods boss Peter Gruen.

However clarity now seems to have been restored to the situation.

Residents have been presented with three options by the architect: conversion of the entire building, conversion of part of the building with the remainder demolished to make way for new build homes for sale, or starting from scratch by demolishing the existing building and replacing it with purpose built flats for older people.

Neil Evans, Leeds City Council’s director of environment and housing, said: “We’ve been clear that we want Rosemont residents to have better, warmer and safer accommodation. We also made a commitment to residents to fully explore all the options.

“We remain committed to moving forward, in consultation with the residents, so we can provide homes at Rosemont that are up to modern standards and meet people’s needs.”

Based on discussion with residents this week, the council will now assess each option, including costs and planning issues and pull together a formal report. Residents will be consulted on the report before any decisions are made.

Residents were also given a guarantee that once a solution is found and complete, a home at Rosemont will be available for them, should they wish it.

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