Kirk Hammerton furniture firm plans 24 flats for over-55s
Last updated Nov 17, 2023
Geoffrey Benson and Son in Kirk Hammerton

A developer has lodged plans to build 24 new flats for people aged over 55 in Kirk Hammerton.

The scheme would see the flats built on the Geoffrey Benson and Son Furniture Showroom site on York Road in the village.

The showroom, which would remain open, has been on the site since 1992 when it moved from York. It is a distinctive feature on the A59 between Harrogate and York.

Under the plans, which have been submitted to North Yorkshire Council by the furniture company, a further four two-bedroom apartments would be created in the first and second floors of the existing showroom building.

In documents submitted to the council, the company said:

“The applicant has established through dealing with a particular sector of customers that there is a huge gap in current planning policy for dwellings for purchase for over-55s and there is a large demand and need in this area for high quality freehold apartments with 2 bedrooms for the over-55 age group. 

“They are by and large people who already live locally and do not wish to move to a town away from their friends and relations. 

“These people do not necessarily require affordable dwellings but well designed and appointed quality spaces with fewer responsibilities and maintenance requirements of larger a property.”

North Yorkshire Council will make a decision on the plan at a later date.

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