SE2437 : Demolition of St Joseph's Convalescent Home (2), Horsforth, Leeds

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

Demolition of St Joseph's Convalescent Home (2), Horsforth, Leeds
Demolition of St Joseph's Convalescent Home (2), Horsforth, Leeds
This is a view of one of the 2 Victorian Houses which had been extended and joined by modern infill. Seen here from Outwood Lane. The developer's plans indicate that standing in this position I would be looking at the outside wall of the chapel of the new care home, behind which would be a taller building of 3 and 4 storeys.
Much of this area of Horsforth consists of Victorian houses of various sizes, although to the right of St Joseph's is a block of sheltered flats, Sandywood Court, probably built in the 1960s or 70s.
In this picture you can see that the roof tiles have been removed from part of the house.
See also SE2437 : Demolition of St Joseph's Convalescent Home (1), Horsforth, Leeds where the sequence starts.
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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Date Taken
Tuesday, 13 October, 2009   (more nearby)
Thursday, 15 October, 2009
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 242 372 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:49.8786N 1:37.9728W
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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