Saturday, 19 August 2017

New care home plan on youth centre site submitted

PLANS to demolish the former Henley Youth Centre building have been submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council.

PLANS to demolish the former Henley Youth Centre building have been submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council.

B&M care, which bought the site in Deanfield Avenue earlier this year, wants to clear the land to make way for a new 60-bed care home.

If the application is approved, the demolition work will start on February 1 and last eight weeks. The care home would take another 12 to 18 months to build.

The youth centre closed a year ago and the £3million sale of the land was completed in August.

At the time, B&M Care’s project manager James Bradshaw said the plan was to erect a “landmark” building.



“There will be a mixture of residential and dementia care, it’s not a nursing facility,” he said. “It will probably be three storeys.”

The application says: “The buildings need to be demolished to make way for a care home for the elderly, for which a planning application will be submitted shortly.

“A vacant building will quickly become the target of vandalism and a health and safety concern if it isn’t demolished and the site hoarded off.”

The site is included in the Henley and Harpsden joint neighbourhood plan which says it could accommodate 23 new homes.

The application says: “This allocation in the plan acknowledges that the community is aware that this site will come up for redevelopment and sets out various aspirations for the site.

“It recognises that this sustainable site within the settlement of Henley could be used most effectively for housing and acknowledges the loss of the existing community use.”

The 0.6 hectares of land was put on the market by the Thamesfield Youth Association which said it could no longer afford the centre’s £45,000-a-year running costs. The sale included a derelict plot behind the centre which was owned by The Henley College.

The proceeds were split between the association and the college with the former receiving a slightly larger share.



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