Positive reaction to proposed Retirement Living accommodation in Redditch

11 May 2016

Redditch Regional Press Release

McCarthy and Stone’s plans would see the site carefully redeveloped, demolishing the existing commercial garage buildings and delivering 45 much-needed Retirement Living apartments. The proposals feature an attractive design, including a traditional frontage, which positively contributes to the local area and respects and complements the surrounding architecture, including nearby Listed Buildings.

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. 96% of respondents who took the opportunity to provide feedback during the consultation process supported the plans in principle.

The proposals would provide a boost for Redditch’s economy. An independent report published last year found that the homeowners in a typical McCarthy and Stone development spent £670,000 per year in the local economy, with nearly 80% using local shops at least once a week. The site is ideally located for Retirement Living apartments, close to local facilities including a supermarket, bus links and the town centre.

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, both locally and nationally for this type of specialist accommodation for older people, which will also contribute to the overall housing needs of Redditch Borough Council.

Darren Humphreys, Regional Managing Director at McCarthy and Stone commented: "We have striven to design a high-quality development which is in-keeping with the distinctive local character in terms of the use of materials, scale and massing whilst introducing housing to meet the needs of people in later life.

He added: "There is clearly a local need for this form of accommodation in Redditch. 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 Redditch, whilst 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, www.mccarthyandstone-consultation.co.uk/redditch or contact the project’s freephone information line on 0800 298 7040.

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