McCarthy and Stone considers feedback on plans for former Spooner Industries site in Ilkley

17 November 2015

Over 90 residents turned out to view McCarthy and Stone’s proposed redevelopment of the former Spooner Industries Factory on Mayfiled Road in Ilkley. The public exhibition held on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 November unveiled a multi-million-pound regeneration project that would include high-quality Retirement Living, Assisted Living accommodation, a care home, office building, a children’s nursery and an extension to the existing Spooner Industries factory.

McCarthy and Stone is the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder and would construct and manage the 44 Retirement Living apartments, designed for the active elderly, alongside the 56 Assisted Living apartments that would offer more on-site care and support as required.

Steve Secker, Regional Managing Director for McCarthy and Stone (North East Region) said;

“We’d like to thank local residents for taking the time to visit our exhibition and provide the project team with their feedback. This is an important site in Ilkley that has been left disused for too long. It is clear the community would like to see something done with the land and having already received a number of sales enquiries, we’re confident that there is a demand for this specialist accommodation in Ilkley.”
To date, 68% of respondents to the pre-application consultation are supportive of the plans. Reasons for this support have included local demand for specialist retirement accommodation, that the site is well suited to the proposed mix of uses and the design is attractive."

McCarthy and Stone is working closely with Spooner Industries who have been operating in Ilkley since the 1930s. If the plans are approved Spooner Industries will benefit from an extension to the existing factory including approximately 134 new parking spaces.

Michael brook, Managing Director of Spooner Industries Limited said:

“This proposal would allow us to remain in Ilkley and build on our current success creating new jobs in the town and apprenticeship opportunities for local students.”
If a planning application is approved, the office and care home elements of the development would be developed by Leeds based developer Oakapple Group."

Phillip Taylor, Oakapple Group Chairman said:

“We’re continuing to work with McCarthy and Stone as a planning application for the site is finalised. We’re excited at the prospect of delivering a high-quality development at this prominent location. Our discussions with potential occupiers of the office space and a number of care home providers demonstrate strong demand in Ilkley.”

McCarthy and Stone plans to submit a planning application before Christmas which is likely to be considered by Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council early in spring 2016. People who were unable to attend the exhibition can view the proposals on the dedicated project website, For more information please call the project’s Freephone information line on 0800 298 7040.