Care home plan for historic Thorne Hall

Thorne Hall, Ellison Street, Thorne. Picture: Andrew Roe
Thorne Hall, Ellison Street, Thorne. Picture: Andrew Roe

A crumbling building in Thorne is set to be transformed into a ‘state-of-the-art’ care home, creating 70 jobs.

Thorne Hall has finally been sold by the council to Yorkare Ltd, which plans to spruce it up into a 55-bed home.

The historic, Grade II listed landmark on Ellison Street had failed to sell at auction on a number of occasions over the last few years, with bidders failing to reach the £300,000 reserve price. It is unclear how much Yorkare Ltd paid for the building.

Coun Joe Blackham, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “This sale will see the council dispose of a building that has become a liability in terms of its maintenance and will see Thorne Hall restored to its former glory and put back into use.”

The sale comes amid council proposals to close a number of council-run care homes in the borough following the announcement of a £109million wave of cuts in October.