The scheme was considered the right plan in the wrong location for Selby & Ainsty planning committee. The proposed homes at Station Road near the A59 junction aimed to meet the significant demand for elderly accommodation in the area, according to developer SageHaus Living. The facility, run by Oak Retirement on behalf of SageHaus Living, would feature on-site care staff, a community hub for socializing, and a small shop. Former Labour MP Stephen Ladyman, now the director of Oak Retirement, emphasized the positive impact of this type of development on the health and independence of older residents. The carbon-neutral design with solar panels, heat pumps, and efficient lighting drew praise from Green Party councillor Arnold Warneken, who highlighted the environmental benefits.
However, council officer Kate Broadbank recommended refusal of the plans due to the location, citing its unsuitability to the village surroundings and inadequate accessibility to public transport. Four votes to two led to the rejection of the plans, with Cllr John Cattanach stating that while the scheme would be welcome in North Yorkshire, the location was not suitable.