Housing for elderly in Ingleton will be bulldozed

Residents and supporters who fought against the closure of Reid House in Ingleton.
Residents and supporters who fought against the closure of Reid House in Ingleton.

A group of elderly residents who tried to stop the closure of their housing complex have been defeated.

Reid House in Ingleton will now be bulldozed – despite having catered for a community of 18 residents aged from their 60s to their 90s.

Only six residents remain in the sheltered housing scheme and are awaiting relocation.

Once they are gone, the property will be knocked down and the land used to build affordable housing.

The plan to close Reid House prompted an outcry from those living in its bedsits and one-bed flats.

But social housing firm Yorkshire Housing ruled it was no longer fit for ‘modern-day living’ and said interest in communal living is on the wane.

The company announced this week it has been given permission and cash from the government’s Homes and Communities Agency to now build affordable housing for local people on the site.

It has offered financial packages for Reid House residents who had to move and said it had been supporting residents to find suitable alternative accommodation.

The company also plans to build affordable housing on three other schemes in its portfolio.

Celia Cashman of Yorkshire Housing said: “These sheltered schemes were difficult to let and not suitable for modern living – to have kept them open would have meant we were failing the people of Craven.

“We are working closely with customers and their families to find new homes. No-one will have to move from the schemes until they have found suitable alternative accommodation in an area of their choice, together with the care and support that they need.”