Residents offered first glimpse of retirement accommodation plans

02 November 2015

Local residents will have the opportunity to view proposals to redevelop land in Reading at a public exhibition later this month.

The proposals, for land at 3-5 Craven Road, Reading, would regenerate the brownfield site with high-quality retirement accommodation.

Award-winning retirement housebuilder, McCarthy and Stone, will be unveiling its plans for the new Retirement Living scheme at the Watlington House Trust, 44 Watlington Street, Reading between 3pm and 7pm on Thursday 19th November 2015.

McCarthy and Stone’s proposals cater for people over 60 years of age who are looking to downsize their property, but maintain an active and independent lifestyle. Residents have their own front doors and privacy just as they did in their previous family homes.

The sale of the land would allow Berkshire HealthCare NHS Foundation Trust to utilise the proceeds through reinvesting the funds back into its local NHS Services

A representative of McCarthy and Stone said: “We have spent time carefully researching the character of the area and developing a design which will complement the local architecture.

“The current services on site will be relocated to alternative premises within Reading itself and will therefore not be lost to the community.

“This exhibition will offer the chance for the wider public to speak with our project team, who will be on hand to answer questions and listen to feedback on what we’ve done so far. The comments we receive will help us tailor our proposals into something people will want to see in their neighbourhood.

 “We feel that there is a real need for this type of housing in Reading as over 60s looking to downsize will free up family homes for the younger generation, while still remaining close to home.”

Residents can find out more by calling the McCarthy and Stone freephone information line on 0800 298 7040 or visit