Retirement homes regeneration plan for Gloucester Quays recommended for approval by Kate | Gloucester News Centre - http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/
McCarthy and Stone’s plans to regenerate a derelict site on Llanthony Wharf, adjacent to St Ann Way, with 55 Assisted Living (Extra Care) apartments and 28 Retirement Living apartments, which will significantly increase the housing choices for local older people, are being recommended by Council Planning Officers for approval.
The plans will be presented to Gloucester City Council’s Planning Committee for a final decision on Tuesday 6th December 2016.
As well as providing much needed homes for older people, a recognised local housing need, the regeneration plans will also deliver multi-million pound investment to the local area and create up to 18 full time jobs, through the on-site care, catering and maintenance staff. A further 50-80 jobs will be created during the construction phases.
If approved, the redevelopment of this vacant, brownfield site, which is close to the city centre, will also boost the local economy, as residents of Assisted Living (Extra Care) and Retirement Living schemes tend to shop locally, often on a daily basis, increasing local spend.
McCarthy and Stone has received support from the local community for its plans. 73% of feedback received at its public exhibition about the plans, held in April 2016, supported the redevelopment of this site with homes for older people and the design proposed, which will transform a brownfield site currently considered to be a local eyesore. Additional letters of local support have been registered with the Council following the submission of the full planning application
Darren Humphreys, Regional Managing Director at McCarthy and Stone said: “We have worked hard to bring forward plans which will rejuvenate this disused, derelict site with much-needed homes for older people and to deliver a design which will significantly improve the appearance of the quayside, whilst recognising the need to respect the setting of the adjacent listed Priory buildings”.
He continued: “Our plans will deliver multi-million pound investment into the Gloucester Quay’s area, boosting the local economy through increased footfall to local traders and creating new jobs, both during construction and also once the development is completed, including 18 full time jobs provided through the on-site care, catering and maintenance staff .”
McCarthy and Stone has worked closely with Council Officers, including the Conservation, Urban Design and Archaeology Officers, as well as local Councillors and representatives from The Llanthony Priory Trust to ensure an appropriate design solution is achieved, which respects the Llanthony Priory, the Docks Conservation Area and wider views across the canal, including from Bakers Quay. There is no objection from Historic England to the plans proposed.
Within the Committee Report the Council’s Urban Design Officer confirms: “The redevelopment of this site is another very positive part of the continuing regenerations of Gloucester, which will enhance the area” (Para 4.4 Committee Report)
Increasing the provision of specialist accommodation for older people is a key housing aim for the Council. The Committee Report confirms: “The most recent Strategic Housing Market Assessment identifies that meeting the needs of an aging population will be one of the challenges that Gloucester City faces in the future. The provision of specialist housing for older persons will assist in meeting this need” (Para. 4.14 of Committee Report)
The site is part of the Gloucester Quays masterplan. A previous planning consent to redevelop the site with a hotel, offices and apartments was not delivered and the site has remained empty for a number of years. The Committee Report confirms: “the scheme would reuse brownfield land, regenerating an unattractive derelict site in the central area” (Para 7.1 of Committee Report)
The plans are recommended for approval by the Council’s Planning Officer. The Planning Committee meets at 6.30pm on Tuesday 6 December 2016 in Civic Suite, North Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EP.
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