Assisted Living Retirement Accommodation proposed to help address local housing need in Hanham

01 September 2015

McCarthy and Stone has submitted a planning application to South Gloucestershire Council to develop land south of Harold’s Way in Hanham with 54 high-quality Assisted Living (Extra Care) apartments, 31 car parking spaces, and attractive managed landscaped gardens for residents.

McCarthy and Stone’s proposal is a carefully designed building that steps down as it approaches Magpie Bottom; finishing in an arc that mimics the path running along the base of the valley. Equally important to the proposals are the site’s access and landscaping.

McCarthy and Stone carried out extensive consultation to gain feedback from the local community on the early proposals before submitting a planning application. After reviewing the comments received, the company has made a number of changes to the proposals.

Shane Paull, McCarthy and Stone’s Regional Managing Director said:

“We are grateful for the local feedback we have received through our public consultation. The input from the local community has been valuable in helping to shape our plans for this scheme.

“Whilst there was already an historic planning permission for this site, we decided at the outset to provide access to the site from the roundabout on the High Street, rather than from Harolds Way, which will reduce the impact on surrounding roads.

“We have sought to provide a scheme that makes use of this brownfield site, respects the surrounding area, and provides an attractive view at the gateway to Hanham. We have made changes to the scheme following feedback received through the consultation process, including the use of sympathetic materials in the design of the scheme and provision of two additional parking spaces that will help to improve access to Magpie Bottom.”

In South Gloucestershire just over 15% of the population is aged over 65 years of age. According to 2011 ONS Census data, 44,500 people in South Gloucestershire are currently aged over 65, which is expected to jump to 2,530,000 in 2035.

Shane Paull added:

“There is a real need to increase delivery of this type of specialist housing to match the rapidly ageing population and the proposed development would help to meet this housing need.

“An additional benefit of this form of specialist housing is that, on moving, residents in later life tend to release under-occupied family housing, which helps to stimulate the housing chain and enable young families and first time buyers to have a better opportunity within the local housing market.”

South Gloucestershire Council will make a decision on McCarthy and Stone’s proposals for the site in the coming months.

If you would like further information on the proposals you can call McCarthy and Stone’s dedicated freephone information line (0800 298 7040) or visit