Residents have say on Caffyns site

An artist's impression of what the retirement development would look like
An artist's impression of what the retirement development would look like

Residents were given the chance to look at plans for a new retirement development at the site of the old Caffyns Garage at a community consultation event.

Churchill Retirement Living bought part of the freehold site, on Upperton Road, from Caffyns earlier this year after the dealership closed in 2011.

The company is now preparing a planning application to transform the disused site into a purpose-built development of approximately 60 privately-owned apartments for people over the age of 60.

The plans were laid out at a consultation event on Tuesday afternoon (June 9) so interested residents could view them and provide feedback.

Andrew Burgess, planning director at Churchill Retirement Living, said, “We place great importance on engaging with local communities during the planning process and providing them with an opportunity to have their say on our early-stage plans.

“We believe our proposals for this site will enhance the local area and provide much-need specialist housing for older people.

“Not only do our developments offer security, peace of mind and independence for residents, they free up family homes for local people.

“This scheme would be built using high-quality materials to a traditional design to ensure it is in-keeping with the character of the conservation area. If the development goes ahead, investment will also be made by Churchill Retirement Living towards local services and facilities such as off-site affordable housing.”

Mr and Mrs Kent live in Marlborough Court, on nearby Southfields Road.

Mr Kent said, “I think it’s quite a good idea. Looking at the plan, it seems like our property will overlook the garden, which would be nice.

“They’ve got plans for 20 garages, 11 on ground level and eight underneath. Hopefully the garden and trees will provide a bit of sound-proofing so the extra traffic won’t create more noise for us.

“It’s definitely better than what’s there now. The site is an eyesore as it is.”

Mrs Kent added, “The residents in the new flats won’t want noise any more than we do. As long as they don’t go any higher than the proposed five floors, I think it will be good.”

Another resident who lives in Southfield Court said, “I think it’s brilliant. The sooner they build it, the better.”

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