Update on the future of Rosemont

Independent advice is being sought on the potential adaptation of Rosemont sheltered accommodation.

Having met residents recently, the council has taken on board their feedback about adapting the property to form self-contained flats.

Advice received so far indicates that changing the building to bring it up to modern standards in this way is not possible.

Independent architects are now being asked to assess if the building layout and site position would make this a viable option.

Based on this second opinion and associated cost estimates, the council will continue to work with residents and consult with them on proposals and potential solutions.

Residents at Rosemont in Bramhope have been advised of this in a letter hand delivered to them this morning.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Personnel said:

“We want Rosemont residents to have better, warmer and safer accommodation. We don’t believe that adapting the existing building can deliver that. However, given how strongly they feel about their home, we want residents to be assured that we’ve explored all the options fully. So we’re commissioning an independent second opinion on adapting the building.

“We’ll arrange a further meeting with residents so we can agree the process and move forward together.”

No decisions about the future of Rosemont have been made or will be made until the question of adapting the building has been answered and residents consulted.

Any complaints received on how the council has handled the issue will be dealt with following the council’s complaints procedure.

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