Proposed ‘Later Living’ development for Botley Road in Romsey

06 August 2013

Proposal for Later Living development in Romsey

Local residents have an opportunity to shape proposals for new homes and a small scale retail space in Romsey as McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading developer of retirement apartments, reveals proposals to transform the Hillier Garden Centre site on Botley Road.

McCarthy & Stone will share their early proposals with local residents at a public exhibition on Monday 19th August, between 2pm and 8pm, at Romsey Town Hall, 1 Market Place, Romsey.

An announcement was made by Hillier Garden Centre, Romsey Chairman, Robert Hillier OBE in early June 2013, confirming that the company has entered into an option with McCarthy & Stone to ensure a sensitive redevelopment of the site.

As a result, McCarthy & Stone is in the early stages of discussions with Test Valley Borough Council about redeveloping the site with 40 – 45 high-quality Retirement Living apartments, as well as a small convenience store. 

Shane Paull, McCarthy & Stone’s Regional Managing Director for the South West commented: "We are committed to working with the local community on our proposals for Botley Road. In addition to displaying our proposals at the exhibition on the 19th August, we have already held individual meetings with the site’s neighbours and local community groups to get their feedback on our early proposals.

He continued: "We have spent time carefully researching the architecture and character of the local area but the comments we receive from the upcoming public exhibition will help us tailor our proposals into something the local community, as well as our customers, would like to see in Romsey.

Data from the 2011 Census revealed that the Test Valley area currently has a population of 21,300 residents aged over 65 and the population of this age group is expected to rise to 38,000 by 2035. It is important that a community can support the needs of its older residents, and there is clearly a current and growing need for specialist accommodation for people in later life in the Test Valley area.

He added: "As well as there being a clear local need, there are benefits for the wider community from this form of accommodation. A McCarthy & Stone scheme of 55 residents, for example, generates a spend in local shops of £610,000 per annum, and when compared to a conventional housing development some £2.3 million more is spent locally over the lifetime of the scheme. Also, McCarthy & Stone find that, in most instances, the majority of their residents move into a scheme from within a five mile radius of the site, and from larger family properties, thus returning under-occupied family homes to the market."

Have your say

If you are not able to attend the public exhibition or would like further information, McCarthy & Stone has provided a dedicated freephone information line for you to call (0800 298 7040) and has set up a website covering their initial proposals which can be found at




For more information contact:

Alice James or Laura Wyattt
Remarkable Group
01962 893 893