Homes scheme for vandal-hit care home
PRIVATE developers want to transform a derelict nursing home site into a rural residential idyll.
Springbourne Homes are looking to build up to 25 homes on the grounds of the former Hornsey Rise complex near Market Bosworth.
The facility, which catered for 75 residents at its peak, closed in 2013 and since then has been plagued by vandals and firebugs.
Most of the physical structures have either been torn down due to damage or declared unsafe.
If approved, Springbourne’s plans would be to clear the 3.2 hectare site, convert the existing chapel and construct a range of other properties - the exact style of which is yet to be determined.
Landscaped grounds, woodland and a water feature focal point are integral to the scheme.
The firm has submitted an outline planning application for the project which will see the existing vehicular access off Bosworth Road retained but realigned to improve visibility.
A supporting design and access statement by Hayward Architects reports: “Due to the current state of deterioration and vandalism on site, the council would like to see the site developed and managed to discourage anti-social behaviour.
“The site is in a highly desirable location for residential develop- ments, as other villages in the area are popular with house buyers. However Wellsborough itself is not regarded as a settlement, and does not offer the essential amenities and services to support a dense residential estate. A suburban form of development would be inappropriate for this site.”
Instead Springbourne are looking to create a countryside community “unmistakably contemporary”in appearance yet “uniquely sensitive to context”.
A central focus would be the reinstated pond along with the renovated memorial monolith dedicated to the printers who lost their lives in the First World War and for who the home was originally built as a memorial.
Existing trees and woodland as well as a Garden of Remembrance will be retained.
Haywards say: “A new, high quality residential development will rejuvenate the site and surrounding area. The proposal is committed to create a residential development centred around innovative technology, exceptional design and sustainable living.”
Green elements such as rainwater harvesting, cycle storage units, solar power and electric vehicle charging points are all suggested.
The Hornsey Rise Memorial Home was opened in 1921 by the National Society of Operative Printers and Assistants (NATSOPA). In 1974, it was taken over by the Pilgrims’ Friend Society and catered for the needs of elderly Christians, with a chapel, formal gardens and summer pavilion all built on the grounds.
A Care Quality Commission (CQC) report in 2009 showed some 38 residents remained. This had fallen to 24 by December 2011 and, when the final QCQ report came out in May 2013, all standards were being met, but inspectors reported the home was due to close in June because resident numbers had fallen to just 10. It finally closed in 2013.
The Hornsey Rise Memorial Home has been targeted by arsonists