Plans submitted for Beacon Hotel overflow car park

17 September 2013

Following pre-application consultation with the local community, McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading developer of retirement apartments, has submitted plans to Shropshire Council to redevelop the overflow car park of the Beacon Hotel, with 21 high-quality Later Living apartments.

The proposals will regenerate an under-utilised with a high-quality new building, providing attractive frontage onto Copthorne Park and Copthorne Road.

The building proposed, is designed to be sympathetic to the character of neighbouring properties, with the building line in keeping with the existing street scene.

The buildings height would follow the streetscape along Copthorne Road and, with a roof height comparable to surrounding properties. The proposal includes the use of high quality materials, including smooth faced red brick and tiled roofs.

The plans also include 21 on-site car parking spaces, providing a 100% parking ratio, together with attractive new landscaped gardens and tree planting, further enhancing the proposal and character of the area.

The proposed apartments are specifically designed to meet the needs of people in later life and include a residents’ lounge, guest accommodation and other shared facilities. They will also be run by a dedicated, fully trained House Manager.

Prior to the submission of its planning application, McCarthy & Stone held individual meetings with nearby residents, local councillors and interest groups to discuss initial proposals. A public exhibition was subsequently held on Wednesday 8 May 2013 with 56 local people turning out to view the proposals.

McCarthy & Stone has received local support with 46% of the formal feedback received supporting its plans, particularly the redevelopment of an under-utilised site with high-quality housing for older people.

Lorena Brown, Regional Managing Director at McCarthy & Stone commented

"We would like to thank those members of the community who took the time to give us their feedback on the proposals, which has helped us to refine and improve our plans before submitting the application. We’re very encouraged by the positive local feedback we’ve received and have strived to introduce a scheme that will make a positive contribution to the special character of the area whilst improving the range of housing choice available to people in later life."

People requiring further information are invited to visit the project’s website, or contact the project’s freephone information line on 0800 298 7040



For more information contact: Simon Tuffin

t. 01962 893 874