High-quality Retirement Living accommodation proposed for Whittlesey

29 August 2015

Following pre-application consultation with the local community, McCarthy and Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, has submitted plans to Fenland District Council to redevelop the former Bricklayers Arms site on Station Road, Whittlesey.

McCarthy and Stone’s plans would see the vacant Brownfield site sensitively redeveloped, with a building inspired by the style of local architecture, delivering 35 much-needed Retirement Living apartments.

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 Fenland District Council. The local over 65s population is predicted to grow by 91% 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 April 2015. This identified strong local support for the development of the site, with 92% of the pre-application feedback supporting the scheme. Residents expressed support for the redevelopment of the site with homes for older people and the visual improvement the proposals would bring.

The proposal site is ideally located for older person’s accommodation, being within close walking distance to local shops and services in the centre of Whittlesey. 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 good level of positive local feedback. We’ve strived to introduce a scheme that will improve the appearance of this brownfield site and will make a positive contribution to the special character of Whittlesey, 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/whittlesey or contact the project’s freephone information line on 0800 298 7040.