SE2437 : Demolition of St Joseph's Convalescent Home (1), Horsforth, Leeds

taken 8 years ago, near to Horsforth, Leeds, Great Britain

Demolition of St Joseph's Convalescent Home (1), Horsforth, Leeds
Demolition of St Joseph's Convalescent Home (1), Horsforth, Leeds
St Josephs Convalescent Home was run by a Roman Catholic charity, with nursing care given by nuns. [1]
In this picture, you can see that the roof tiles have been removed from the single-storey section to the right.
See SE2437 : Demolition of St Joseph's Convalescent Home (2), Horsforth, Leeds for the next picture in the sequence.
See SE2437 : St Joseph's Convalescent Home, Outwood Lane, Horsforth which was taken when it was still occupied.
1. Why St Joseph's is being demolished
St Joseph's Convalescent Home was run by a Roman Catholic charity, with nursing care given by nuns. It closed in 2006 and there is a plan to develop the site, which has caused considerable opposition locally, for two reasons. Many people feel that the two Victorian houses should be kept to form part of new buildings, and the planned new building will be too large and out of keeping with the area. These views were expressed very strongly at a meeting between residents, local councillors and planning officers at Woodside Methodist Church on 13th October. However the council has no powers to force the developers to retain the Victorian houses, and demolition started in mid-October 2009. The developers claim that the empty buildings are subject to severe vandalism and attempts at arson, and are demolishing them for safety reasons.
The developer plans an 81-bed care home on the site, which will accommodate substantially more residents and staff than the old convalescent home.
Update June 2016 : nearly 7 years later the site of St Josephs is still empty and getting overgrown. The developers re-applied for permission to build a smaller building, but it hasn't happened. On 12 June 2016 there was a small exhibition at Woodside Methodist Church of new plans for the site, to build 12 houses for sale and 26 apartments for affordable renting.
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Tuesday, 13 October, 2009   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 15 October, 2009
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Demolition site   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 242 372 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:49.8786N 1:37.9728W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 242 373
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