Homes scheme for van­dal-hit care home

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - KAREN HAM­BRIDGE karen.ham­bridge@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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