McCarthy and Stone display proposals for high-quality retirement apartments in Melksham

30 April 2015

Artist Impression Melksham - McCarthy and Stone

McCarthy and Stone displayed plans to redevelop Withleigh House, Spa Road in Melksham with Retirement Living accommodation at a public exhibition at Melksham Town Hall on Wednesday 22 April.

Over 900 invitations were sent to residents living close to the site and over 50 people attended to view the plans on the day.

The exhibition showcased how the proposals would redevelop the large Withleigh House site with 30 Retirement Living apartments, 24 car parking spaces and attractive landscaping. A consistent comment from neighbouring residents highlighted that the trees around the site have become overgrown and are an increasing concern. McCarthy and Stone is proposing to improve and manage the trees along the boundary which would be looked after by its own management company.

Shane Paull, McCarthy and Stone’s Regional Managing Director, commented:
“The public exhibition was an excellent opportunity for us to understand the views of the local community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank people for their constructive comments, we will be reviewing all the feedback received and will look to incorporate these into our proposals where possible.”

“We have worked hard to ensure our proposals represent a sensitive redevelopment of the Withleigh House site, and one which complements the character of the local area. We believe this site is an ideal location to provide much needed retirement accommodation in Melksham.
According to 2011 ONS Census data, the existing population of over 65s in Wiltshire is currently over 85,000, with this expected to grow to over 150,000 by 2035. In addition, there is insufficient specialist housing for people in later life, with only 3,375 properties available to rent and 2,001 properties available to buy.

Shane Paull added:
“There is clearly a local demand for Retirement Living apartments in Melksham and this was made clear with a number of local residents already making initial sales enquiries at the exhibition, despite no marketing activities having taken place.”

Anyone who was unable to attend the exhibition can visit the project’s dedicated website where they will have the opportunity to view the information which was on display. McCarthy and Stone would like to encourage those that have further questions to contact its dedicated freephone information line number on 0800 298 7040 or email

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For more information please contact:
Alice James
t. 01962 893 893