Residents view proposals for retirement accommodation in Chislehurst.

16 October 2015

On 14th October McCarthy and Stone, Britain’s leading retirement builder, held a public exhibition to unveil its plans to redevelop land at Queen Mary House, Manor Park Road, Chislehurst with an Assisted Living (Extra Care) scheme.

Over 2,000 surrounding homes and local businesses were invited to attend the event which showcased McCarthy and Stone’s proposals for approximately 52 one and two bedroom, Extra Care apartments, attractive landscaped gardens and 44 car parking spaces.

Local residents and stakeholders were invited to view the early plans, discuss the proposals with members of the project team and provide their comments. The exhibition was attended by roughly 60 residents.

A spokesperson for McCarthy and Stone, commented: “The public exhibition was an excellent opportunity for us to understand the views of the local community and to receive their feedback on the proposals. I would like to take this opportunity to thank people for their constructive feedback.

“It is our aim to transform the existing site with a sensitive development, which will feature a high-quality design which complements Chislehurst and is sympathetic to the architectural character of the surrounding area. We believe this site is an ideal location to provide new, much needed, accommodation for people in later life, benefiting from its close proximity to nearby shops and public transport links.

“It is important that a community meets the housing needs of all its residents. We feel that there is a real need for this type of housing in Chislehurst as over 70s looking to downsize will free up family homes for the younger generation, while still remaining close to home.”

The site on Manor Park Road was formerly occupied by Queen Mary House, a care home which closed in early 2015 and has lain vacant ever since.

McCarthy and Stone recently completed Faulkner House, a Retirement Living scheme on St Pauls Cray Road. The proposed Assisted Living scheme differs in that it is designed for older, more frail residents and offers additional services including an on-site restaurant and 24 hour staff.

If you were unable to attend the public exhibition or would like further information, McCarthy and Stone has provided a dedicated freephone information line for you to call (0800 298 7040) and has a website covering their initial proposals which can be found at www.mccarthyandstone-consultation.co.uk/chislehurstAL