Local residents invited to help shape plans for retirement accommodation in York

19 October 2015

McCarthy and Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, is inviting feedback from residents on its proposals to redevelop the site of the former Oliver House care home, Bishophill, York, with high-quality retirement apartments. The apartments would include a mix of one and two bedrooms, with on-site car parking.

McCarthy and Stone has a wealth of experience delivering homes that are specifically designed to meet the needs of people in later life. McCarthy and Stone understands that getting older can present new challenges, and its Retirement Living development allow people to retain the independence and privacy of their own home, with the opportunity to enjoy the company of others. Developments include communal facilities such as a homeowners’ lounge, professionally landscaped gardens, lift access to all floors and an internal refuse room.

Local residents are invited to view McCarthy and Stone’s early proposals at a public exhibition:

On: Wednesday 21st October 2015

Between: 3pm and 7pm

At: Central Methodist Church, St Saviourgate, Prescott, York, YO1 8NQ

Steve Secker, Regional Managing Director for McCarthy & Stone (North East Region) said;

"We are delighted to have secured such a prestigious site within York’s historic city walls. With this in mind, the design of the accommodation will be sensitive to the special character of the city. We are confident that our proposal would provide a sensitively designed development that would enhance the area and meet an identified need for specialist retirement accommodation.

"Before we submit a planning application, we want to hear the views of local residents. Members of the project team will be on hand at the public exhibition to answer questions and listen to feedback. The proposals are at a very early stage and where possible we will amend our plans to reflect people’s comments."

In many cases, homeowners at McCarthy and Stone developments are looking to ease the burden of maintaining a larger home that is then released onto the housing market for families looking to move up the property ladder.

McCarthy and Stone is committed to engaging with the local community ahead of submitting a planning application. If you are unable to attend the public exhibition or would like further information, please call the Freephone information line on

0800 298 7040 or visit the project website at www.mccarthyandstone-consultation.co.uk/york.