A CARE company has revealed plans to build a £15 million development of 85 apartments for elderly people- creating around 100 jobs - next to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Skipton.

Hadrian Healthcare says it has bought the 1.62 acre site off Sackville Street and hopes to submit a planning application to Craven District Council for its redevelopment before Christmas.

The scheme, it says, will include the demolition of existing buildings, with the exception of the old mill and provide ‘five star’ accommodation for elderly people, including those with dementia.

Hadrian Healthcare, a family business, recently sold five of its ‘Manor House’ homes in Yorkshire and County Durham to the Anchor Hanover Group, leaving it with two, in Gosforth and in Whickham, both in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

It says it has now turned its attention to Skipton for a new ‘Manor House’ project featuring 85 bedroom/suites and its specialist ‘Chesters’ accommodation, designed to provide a ‘luxurious, safe and stimulating environment for people with dementia’.

The plans also include eight supported living apartments, a restaurant, tearoom, shops and a beauty salon.

Ian Watson, owner and chairman of the family business, said: “We look for sites that reflect what we offer by their location, so it’s no coincidence that this is a premier position in Skipton which will have beautifully landscaped private gardens, yet still be close to amenities and shops.

“There will also be a special roof terrace garden for our ‘Chesters’ residents where they can enjoy the stimulation of being outdoors in beautiful surroundings overlooking the calm waters of the canal.”

“As well as spacious suites with private bathrooms, residents will be able to enjoy hairdressing and beauty treatments in our beauty salon.

“There will be a restaurant and bistros, including a luxury traditional style tearoom/bar where people can catch up with friends and relatives.

“There will be a retail area selling everything residents might need or want, from an old fashioned sweet shop to greetings cards.

“It almost seems to be underselling what’s on offer to mention ‘bedrooms’ when what we are actually providing is an exclusive quality of life for discerning elderly people who can no longer live by themselves, but want to maintain their lifestyle, individuality and dignity.”

If built, the Manor House Skipton will also offer respite care and convalescence after hospital.