Dobbins welcomes the green light for redevelopment of Thornhill College site
Cllr Dobbins commented:
“I am delighted that these plans are finally in position to commence. The proposal for a retirement village within the former college site has been in process for some time and now that legal sign-off has been given development work can begin.
"According to research people are now living longer and already existing retirement areas are proving successful. This is an ideal setting for those in 'sunset' years with its riverside walkways and countryside setting.
"Three existing buildings at the front of the site will be retained to provide a Community Hub Building, Community Services Building and Site Warden Building. The remaining buildings will be demolished and redeveloped to provide a 65-bed care home and 68 semi-independent living units.The application also includes plans to remodel the former tennis courts on the site to provide a multi-use games area, allotments and the remodelling of other parts of the site to incorporate formal landscape gardens and associated access, parking, drainage and landscape enhancement works.
"This site has attracted serious anti-social activities which have escalated in recent months. The main building and the out buildings are in such disrepair that I genuinely would fear for the safety of those participating in these activities. Therefore, the revivial of the area into a retirement village is a positive step for the local community and I look forward to seeing work commence."