A new £9m retirement village planned for a historic Sheffield building will combat the ‘loneliness of old age’, according to the developer behind it.
Sevenhills Estates wants to use Grade II listed Mount Pleasant in Sharrow, which dates back 238 years and has been used as an asylum and school, and the surrounding site as apartments and facilities like a health club and spa.
The firm says there is already a reservation list for apartments, which will house around 80 people if the site is sold by Sheffield Council.
Bo Khan, of Sevenhills, said: “Sheffield’s provision of care of the elderly is approaching a crisis situation, as it is in towns and cities throughout the UK. People are living longer after retirement.
“The country needs to provide them with affordable living and a comfortable and sociable way of life. Loneliness is one of the greatest scourges of old age and retirement villages such as our proposal combat that.”
The non listed Highfield School would be knocked down to make way for flats while the mansion would be ‘sympathetically converted.’
Sheffield Council has agreed to put a hold on a deal over Mount Pleasant’s future until a meeting next week with custodians who live there.
They have a rival plan to list the site as a community asset and use it as a creative hub.