Plans submitted for much-needed Retirement Living accommodation in Codsall

26 May 2016

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Following pre-application consultation with the local community, McCarthy and Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, has submitted plans to South Staffordshire Council to redevelop the Brindley Garage, Wolverhampton Road, Codsall.

McCarthy and Stone’s plans would see the site carefully redeveloped, demolishing the existing commercial garage buildings and delivering 39 much-needed Retirement Living apartments. A traditional design is proposed, which draws reference from local styles, including hipped roofing with gabled features, together with traditional brick and rendered walling.

As part of the consultation process, prior to submitting our plans, McCarthy and Stone held a public exhibition in March 2016, to which nearly 2,000 local residents and stakeholders were invited to attend. 68% of respondents who took the opportunity to provide feedback during the consultation process supported the plans in principle.

Retirement Living apartments are specifically designed to meet the needs of people in later life and include a residents’ lounge and a guest suite. There is a considerable need for this type of specialist accommodation for older people, both locally and nationally, which will also contribute to the overall housing needs of South Staffordshire Council. According to the Office for National Statistics, the local over 65s population is predicted to grow by 37% over the next 20 years.

Darren Humphreys, Regional Managing Director at McCarthy and Stone commented: “Our proposals present the opportunity to demolish existing, dated commercial buildings and redevelop the site with a high-quality new development, which positively addresses the site’s prominent location.”

He added: “There is clearly a local need for this form of accommodation in Codsall. This was reflected in the number of people who expressed support for our plans at a public exhibition in March 2016. “Our proposals would increase the local housing choice for elderly residents in Codsall, while also releasing family-sized houses back into the local market, as residents moving into Retirement Living apartments would be typically looking to downsize.”

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

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