McCarthy & Stone’s proposed development in Blaby recommended for approval
14 August 2015
McCarthy & Stone’s proposals to redevelop 4 & 6 Enderby Road, Blaby with specialist accommodation for older people have been recommended for approval by Blaby District Council’s Planning Officers.
McCarthy and Stone’s plans would see the village centre site redeveloped with a contemporary building, delivering 40 much-needed Retirement Living apartments. The scheme will also deliver secure on-site car parking for residents and visitors, and see the retention of high-quality mature trees on the site. The plans have been amended and improved since they were first submitted to address comments made by Planning Officers and local residents.
The Planning Officer’s report on the proposals states that, “There are no technical objections to this application and it is considered by your officers that the proposed development is sustainable and complies with the Local Development Plan”.
The report also confirms the need for additional retirement properties in Blaby saying, “the District lacks suitable, aspirational accommodation for an increasing number of elderly people”. The population of over 65s in the district is predicted to rise by 72% over the next 20 years.
Darren Humphreys, Regional Managing Director at McCarthy and Stone commented “We’ve worked hard to ensure our design contributes to the character of the local area and respects neighbours’ amenity. We’re delighted that our proposals have been recommended for approval by Planning Officers, who have recognised the need for additional specialist retirement properties locally.”
He continued: “Our development would benefit Blaby by boosting the local economy – our homeowners shop and spend locally – and allows local older people to downsize, releasing 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.”
Our developments are designed to meet the needs of people in later life. They offer homeowners an active, independent lifestyle in a safe and secure environment among like-minded people. Apartments can be occupied by people aged 60 or over and are provided for outright sale, although the average age of residents upon purchase is 79. The majority of homeowners entering McCarthy & Stone schemes live in the existing area.
McCarthy and Stone’s development represents an investment of several million pounds into the local area, including creating construction jobs for local contractors. Based on our experience of existing developments, residents do their shopping in a one-mile radius of their new home with 80% using local shops daily. Homeowners in an average McCarthy and Stone development spend £670,000 in the local economy each year.
The final decision will now be made by members of the Planning Committee, who will meet on Thursday 20th August.
People requiring further information are invited to visit the project’s website, www.mccarthyandstone-consultation.co.uk/blaby or contact the project’s freephone information line on 0800 298 7040.