High-quality Retirement Living accommodation proposed for Bournville
25 September 2014
Following pre-application consultation with the local community, McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading developer of retirement apartments, has submitted plans to Birmingham City Council to redevelop the former Bournville Village Trust Estate Office on Oak Tree Lane in Bournville.
McCarthy & Stone’s plans would see the existing vacant building sensitively redeveloped, delivering 21 much-needed Retirement Living apartments.
The existing building’s façade on Oak Tree Lane would be retained and a new building, inspired by local architecture, built on the site. The distinctive local character will be retained through the building’s use of local materials and the retention of the majority of the mature trees on the site.
Retirement Living apartments are specifically designed to meet the needs of people in later life and include a residents’ lounge and other shared facilities, together with a fully trained House Manager. There is a considerable need, both locally and nationally for this type of specialist accommodation for older people, which will also contribute to the overall housing needs of Birmingham City Council.
Prior to the submission of its planning application, McCarthy & Stone consulted with the local community, including a public exhibition which was held in April 2014. This generated good local support for the development of the site, with 75% of the pre-application feedback supporting the scheme, particularly the beneficial re-use of the site with much-needed specialist retirement accommodation.
Darren Humphreys, Regional Managing Director at McCarthy & Stone, commented: “We’re very encouraged that our plans have already received a high level of positive local feedback. We have strived to introduce a scheme that will make a positive contribution to the character of the area, whilst improving the range of housing choice available to people in later life.”
He continued: “It is important that a community meets the housing needs of all its residents, and this development would help meet a local, and growing, housing need in the area. Increasing the housing choice for residents in later life also helps to release family-sized housing back into local markets, which helps to stimulate the housing chain and enable young families and first time buyers to have a better opportunity within the housing market.”
People requiring further information are invited to visit the project’s website, www.mccarthyandstone-consultation.co.uk/bournville or contact the project’s freephone information line on 0800 298 7040.