A CARE complex could be demolished and replaced with a new scheme.
The CARE Village in Ponteland, built in 1984 and opened by Princess Alexandra a year later, houses 46 young dementia patients.
But developers want to knock it down and build 54 homes, including affordable housing and including a new dementia unit.
But Ponteland Civic Society is leading the fight to retain what it calls “an important and unique local facility”.
John Hague, an architect and committee member of the society, said: “It was designed to provide residential accommodation for disabled youngsters in purpose-built ‘cottages’. Much of the initial funding was raised by public subscription. This is an important and unique local facility, strongly supported by the community, and there have to be very compelling reasons to justify its closure and demolition.”
The self-contained CARE Village – now known as Self Unlimited – is situated on Green Belt land on the eastern boundary of the Northumbria Police HQ to the north-west of Ponteland.
The Civic Society says the replacement would be “a regimented suburban style development in harsh contrast to the informality which is such an important aspect of the existing Village”.
Mr Hague added: “To completely demolish such a complex would constitute a serious waste of scarce resources.”