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Sunday, 14 January 2018
Written by Nicola Reid

McCarthy & Stone planning application for retirement homes in Bookham

McCarthy & Stone planning application for retirement homes in Bookham

McCarthy and Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, has submitted a planning application to Mole Valley District Council to redevelop land on Leatherhead Road, Bookham with high-quality Lifestyle Living apartments, exclusively for those aged 55 and over. 

McCarthy and Stone is proposing to sensitively redevelop the site with 24 attractively designed two bedroom apartments, alongside elegantly landscaped communal gardens, secure cycle storage, and 28 car parking spaces. McCarthy and Stone’s Lifestyle Living apartments provide local people with an opportunity to downsize to a more manageable home that has been intelligently designed to be future proofed for the years ahead, without having to move away from the village that they call home.

Prior to the submission of the planning application, McCarthy and Stone made arrangements to meet with local residents and held a public exhibition in November 2017, to which over 2,000 households, local businesses, and stakeholders were invited to attend. 

As a result of feedback received during consultation, they have made a number of amendments to the proposals, including increasing the number of parking spaces provided; removing all balconies from the rear elevation to minimise overlooking; increasing the depth of the recessed elements to help further break up the massing; and, accommodating all second-floor properties within the roof space, enabling the reduction of the roof ridge height.

Martin Brown, Development Director for McCarthy and Stone commented:
“The public exhibition and individual meetings with local residents and stakeholders were an excellent opportunity for us to talk with the local community regarding our proposals for this site. I would like to thank everybody who has been in contact and supplied us with their feedback.
“Given the nature of this type of development, there will be no additional impact on local schools and there are lower levels of car ownership and traffic generation. Our research finds that a majority of our residents move from within a five to seven-mile radius of their new home, which frees up local housing stock for young families.”

It is anticipated that the number of older people within Mole Valley will increase by 66% up to 2037, with Bookham holding an older age profile than Mole Valley as a whole. McCarthy and Stone state their proposals will help address a number of the aspirations of the Bookham Neighbourhood Development Plan, which stresses the need to provide housing suitable for older persons to downsize while remaining in Bookham. This will in turn help to free up family sized housing, and smaller homes suitable for young people further along the ladder.

The application has now been submitted, and is currently under review by Mole Valley District Council. 
Residents that have any further comments or require more information can contact the project team with any questions via a Freephone information line on 0800 298 7040 or by visiting www.mccarthyandstoneconsultation.co.uk/Bookham

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