High-quality Retirement Living accommodation proposed for Littleover
02 February 2016
Following pre-application consultation with the local community, McCarthy and Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, has submitted plans to Derby City Council to redevelop the former Ken Ives car showroom site, 574 Burton Road, Littleover.
McCarthy and Stone’s plans would see the vacant brownfield site sensitively redeveloped with 37 much-needed Retirement Living apartments and 8 two-bedroom homes, exclusively for older people. The site was formerly a car showroom, since demolished, and has lain vacant for over a decade. Another developer was granted planning permission for apartments, houses and a veterinary practice on the site, but these were never built.
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 Derby. The local over 65s population is predicted to grow by 56% over the next 20 years.
Prior to the submission of its planning application, McCarthy and Stone consulted with the local community, including a public exhibition in November 2015. This identified a high level of local support for the development of the site, with 82% of the pre-application feedback supporting the scheme.
The development of the site would provide a boost for Littleover’s retailers. An independent report published last year found that the homeowners in a typical McCarthy and Stone development spent £670,000 per year in the local economy, with nearly 80% using local shops at least once a week.
Mark Wright, Regional Managing Director at McCarthy and Stone commented, “We’re very encouraged that our plans have already received a high level of positive local feedback.”
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 Littleover. Increasing the housing choice for residents in later life also releases 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/littleover or contact the project’s freephone information line on 0800 298 7040.