Following extensive consultation with the Lyndhurst community, McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading developer of age-exclusive apartments, has now submitted a planning application to New Forest National Park Authority for the redevelopment of 25 & 26 Cedar Mount in Lyndhurst.
McCarthy & Stone is looking to introduce a smaller, bespoke scheme for Lyndhurst, given its New Forest village setting. The submitted plans are for 16 high-quality, age-exclusive apartments, with attractive landscaped gardens and 24 discreet underground car parking spaces, plus two surface parking spaces. McCarthy & Stone is also proposing to fund a pedestrian footpath from Cedar Mount to Sandy Lane as part of its proposals, following comments from the local community.
The proposals also include an on-call concierge, care taker and gardening service for the site’s residents.
To understand local views and to receive feedback on the proposals, McCarthy & Stone held early meetings with neighbouring residents and invited over 1,000 people to a public exhibition.
Shane Paull of McCarthy & Stone commented:
“As a responsible developer we understand the importance of engaging with the local community and we were pleased to meet with so many local residents throughout the consultation. We would like to thank people for their constructive feedback which has helped shape the final proposals.”
“Listening to local people’s feedback we soon realised that pedestrian improvements on Shrubbs Hill Road was of particular importance to residents. Following the public exhibition we have been discussing the possibility of funding a pedestrian footpath from Cedar Mount to Sandy Lane with Hampshire County Council Highways, to improve pedestrian safety and links to this part of the village; this has been accepted in principle by the highways authority if the scheme is approved. We will also be introducing increased planting along the Shrubbs Hill Road boundary as additional screening, in response to local resident comments.”
In the New Forest, 44,200 residents are aged over 65. The 2011 Census data shows that these figures are expected to grow rapidly in the next 20 years, with the projected population of this age group in the New Forest rising to 73,000 in 2035.
“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. Introducing this form of housing to an area has benefits for the wider community as well. For example, on average each development represents an investment of around £5 million into the local economy and on moving, residents in later life tend to release family-sized housing, which helps to stimulate the housing chain and enable young families and first time buyers to have a better opportunity within the housing market.”
If you would like further information about the submitted please you can call McCarthy & Stone’s Freephone information line number on 0800 298 7040 or visit www.mccarthyandstone-consultation.co.uk/lyndhurst.
For more information contact: Alice James
t. 01962 893 889