Redevelopment of former Matbro site to address the housing needs of Tetbury’s increasing ageing population

20 December 2013

McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading developer of retirement apartments, has submitted proposals to redevelop land at the former Matbro site off London Road, Tetbury with much needed Later Living Retirement Housing.

The site has already received consent to deliver a mix of residential development following the approval of outline planning permission in September 2012.
McCarthy & Stone’s proposals would deliver 38 high-quality Later Living Retirement apartments to the south of the site, adjacent to Northfield Close and Braybrooke Close – the area on the master plan earmarked for the provision of future sheltered housing in the area.

Shane Paull, McCarthy & Stone’s Regional Managing Director (South West), commented: “We have worked hard to design a scheme that respects and enhances the character of Tetbury and the wider Cotswolds area, particularly given the site’s prominent gateway location on the edge of the town and its setting in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our scheme takes inspiration from a typical Cotswold village through the use of materials that reflect the colour and texture of local stone, and design details such as gables and dormers.

By 2033, there are expected to be an extra 3.5 million older households in England alone. With only 2% of current housing in the UK specifically designed to meet the needs of people in later life. ONS data shows that in the Cotswolds, for example, 18,500 residents are currently aged over 65 with the projected population of this age group is set to increase to 31,000 by 2035.

Shane Paull continued: “It has been our aim to bring forward an attractive development which helps to address an increasing local housing need for specialist accommodation for people in later life in Tetbury. 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, typically 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.”

If you would like more information about the proposals you can contact McCarthy & Stone’s project team on the Freephone information line number 0800 298 7040.