The centre of New Earswick is set to be redeveloped after plans to build a new care home complex in the area were revealed

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Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust wants to create a new 175-bed care home in the centre of the York village, while also carrying out alterations to the Folk Hall. Under the plans unveiled by the organisation, the former New Earswick library and tennis clubhouse would both be demolished, while the local play area would be moved.

Local residents in York had previously raised concerns about the plans laid out by Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, but the body has moved to reassure them. People living in the area were worried that the changes could damage the unique character of the area.

The executive director of the trust John Hocking told local newspaper the Press that its redevelopment of New Earswick would release much-needed family accommodation. He explained that there is a growing demand for people who are looking to downsize to smaller supported accommodation in New Earswick and York and the new care home would help to address that need. Mr Hocking added that the aim of the redevelopment of New Earswick is to bring the original garden village character of the village back.

Residents have their say

York locals will get the chance to look at the plans for the redevelopment of New Earswick in more detail when they go on display at the Garth and Folk Hall from 27th April. Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust is also planning to hold a community information event somewhere in the village at a later date.

Mr Hocking said: "We’ve consulted with residents to find out what they want to see in their community and make sure that the area continues to meet residents’ needs into the future." He added that a new public space would be created under the plans the organisation has revealed, with the redevelopment of the area including lawns, gardens and a square.

Mr Hocking explained that the vision Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust has for New Earswick includes that events such as village fetes and pop-up markets could take place in the square, which could also be used for growing food and as a meeting space. He added that the trust is also planning to create a new arts and crafts garden in New Earswick that would be used to link community buildings in the centre of the village. The proposals also include moving the popular village children’s play area and sports courts to more suitable nearby locations.

The village of New Earswick was initially founded by York businessman Joseph Rowntree, who set up the confectionery business of the same name. If you're looking for properties for sale in York, New Earswick currently has a range of housing for families and single people. There are plenty of flats for sale in York and New Earswick, as well as sheltered housing and care accommodation for older people. Home to nearly 3,000 people, the garden village has its own primary and secondary schools, the latter of which, the Joseph Rowntree School, had a £27 million refurbishment that was completed at the end of 2009.

Estate agents in York, Linley & Simpson, can help match buyers and sellers in New Earswick with their dream home, with both houses for sale in York and apartments for sale in York. Get in touch today to find out more.

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