A section of the Ian Clough Hall site in the heart of Baildon may undergo development to create Retirement Living apartments.

Contracts have recently been finalised with McCarthy Stone for the construction of 46 high-quality Retirement Living apartments complete with parking spaces. The sale is contingent on obtaining detailed planning permission, with a comprehensive process of public consultation.

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning & Transport, said: “We are delighted to have agreed terms with such a prestigious developer who are looking to provide a much-needed housing offer to the District. Quality housing in the heart of Baildon will also be a boost to the economy and support local businesses as well.”

Baildon Town Council welcomed the news. Cllr Gill Dixon, Chair of Baildon Town Council, commented “This announcement from Bradford Council will end speculation. We look forward to working with McCarthy Stone on their consultation locally as part of their planning application. This was always the preferred outcome for Baildon Town Council. Baildon residents have watched the demolition of the Ian Clough Hall on this prime site in recent weeks with great interest in what will replace it.”

Gareth Owen, Divisional Land Director at McCarthy Stone, said: “The site occupies a prominent location with excellent access to amenities and as such presents a fantastic opportunity for McCarthy Stone to deliver a thriving retirement community within this desirable market town. We look forward to engaging with Bradford Council and the local community as we progress our planning application.”