Huddersfield Daily Examiner

Retirement complex set to be bulldozed

‘ASBESTOS-RISK’ BUILDING WILL MAKE WAY FOR NEW £12M FACILITY

- By ABIGAIL MARLOW

AN asbestos-ridden Golcar retirement living complex is set to be demolished next month as part of a £12m revamp.

In December 2022, Kirklees Council revealed that Sycamore Grange posed a “significan­t health and safety risk” to residents, with asbestos insulating board being used in the communal corridors and lounge and legionella samples found in the pipework.

After Cabinet gave approval, tenants began moving out of the complex in January last year, with the site vacant by March this year.

Each person who lost their home was entitled to compensati­on of £8,000 as well as the costs of furniture removal, blinds and floorings.

Now, a notice has been submitted to the council to demolish Sycamore Grange to make way for the new multimilli­on-pound accommodat­ion. A decision is due to be made on the plan by April 21, with demolition to get underway from May 22.

Constructi­on of the new retirement living scheme is anticipate­d to begin in September. When complete, there will be 41 apartments – the majority of which will be one-bedroom, nine onebedroom bungalows, five two-bedroom bungalows and four one-bedroom cottage flats.

Speaking at last year’s Cabinet meeting where the decision to release the funds for the scheme was made, Cabinet Member for Regenerati­on and Finance, Clr Graham Turner, said: “It’s an ideal place, it’s a good design, it’s on as good a bus route as you get these days.

“There’s several small shops within walking distance, the doctors is not a million miles away.

“It’s the perfect place for a retirement home and I very, very much welcome this and I hope we can get on site as soon as possible, get it knocked down and get this new facility that is muchneeded across Kirklees.”

Council leader, Clr Cathy Scott said: “This is excellent news. Forty-one retirement apartments and do you know, despite things that are going on, this council are very proactive trying to get things done and I just think it’s really encouragin­g that we’re actually able to go ahead with this.”

 ?? ?? An artist’s impression of the new developmen­t
An artist’s impression of the new developmen­t

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