Residents have their say on Retirement Living accommodation in Biggleswade

01 December 2015

McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading provider of retirement accommodation, recently held a public exhibition to give local residents a chance to view and comment on proposals for a new Retirement Living scheme on Shortmead Street in Biggleswade, Central Bedfordshire.
The former Travis Perkins site on Shortmead Street, is ideally located for a Retirement Living scheme; just a short walk to the town centre with its local shops, services and public transport options.

Ali Maruf, Regional Director, McCarthy & Stone said:

“Central Bedfordshire Council has identified a critical need for specialist age appropriate, retirement accommodation to appropriately house its aging population. This development will go some way to help meeting this need.”

He continued

“We were delighted by the turnout at the public exhibition and the positive conversations we had with local residents about our plans. I would like to thank everyone who came to our exhibition for their interest and feedback so far. We’ll be carefully analysing all feedback we receive before submitting an application in the coming weeks.”

Following initial meetings with local councillors and close neighbours earlier this month, over 2,000 local residents were invited to view the plans in detail and talk directly to the project team at a public exhibition on Wednesday 25th November. This was held at St Andrew’s Church, just five minutes’ walk from the proposed redevelopment site.

The proposals would transform the former industrial site with 48 Retirement Living properties in a mix of one and two bed apartments with associated landscaping and car parking. The plans also included four age-restricted terraced houses onto Shortmead Street to further enhance the surrounding area.

If residents were unable to attend on the day, but would still like more information about the plans they can visit the project website at: or call 0800 298 7040.