Plans to transform scrap yard in Bishop’s Waltham submitted

21 October 2013

Following consultation with local residents, community representatives and Winchester City Council’s planning officers, McCarthy & Stone has submitted a planning application to the Council to develop specialist, Retirement Living Housing on the Travers yard site on Coppice Hill, in Bishop’s Waltham.


The plans are for a signature development of 32 two bedroom Retirement Living apartments as well as three age-restricted cottages, communal facilities and designated car parking.

McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading developer of retirement apartments, is also proposing an attractive landscape design which includes a rose garden, herb garden, manicured lawns, gravel driveways and the possibility of re-instating the pond towards the south of the site.

To understand local residents’ views and to receive feedback on the proposals, McCarthy & Stone offered neighbouring residents and local representatives early meetings and invited more than 1,000 people to a public exhibition in August 2013. To date, McCarthy & Stone has received support, in principle, for the redevelopment of the site with specialist housing for people in later life. Residents suggested that the proposals offer a good use of the Brownfield site as well as pointing out that there is a local need for this form of housing within Bishop’s Waltham.


Shane Paull, McCarthy & Stone’s Regional Managing Director (South West), commented:


"We are encouraged by the level of support that we have received for our proposals and have now submitted a planning application to Winchester City Council. After carefully reviewing local feedback, we have increased the number of car parking spaces for the site and, in order to improve the relationship with the site’s neighbours, we have made changes to the design of the roof of the building closest to the rear of the properties on Coppice Hill.


He added:

"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. In Winchester specifically, 21,800 residents are currently aged over 65, with the expected population of this age group set to increase to 36,000 by 2035. 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."

Winchester City Council will make a decision on McCarthy & Stone’s proposals for the site in the coming months.


If you were not able to attend the public exhibition and would like further information on the proposals you can call McCarthy & Stone’s dedicated freephone information line (0800 298 7040) or visit




PICTURE - Proposed view of the scheme. 




For more information contact:

Alice James
t. 01962 893 889