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Retirement complex go-ahead - despite concerns of residents
2:11pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
A NEW retirement block will be built in a Hampshire town centre – despite concerns from a residents group.
Plans for the 31-bedroom complex, in Eastleigh, were given the nod by councillors amid fears the building would harm the privacy of neighbouring homes.
Newtown Residents Association also claimed there were already too many sheltered accommodation buildings springing up in the area and believe it could lead to parking problems.
But members of Eastleigh Borough Council’s Eastleigh Local Area Committee voted to give the scheme the green light and residents could be moving in as early as 2015.
A previous scheme, for 35 sheltered homes, was rejected in November 2011.
Applicants Churchill Retirement Living say the new plan will breathe new life into a run-down site, providing a series of self-contained homes for older people as well as a lodge manager, 24-hour Careline, owners’ lounge, guest suite and laundry room.
Director Andrew Burgess, said: “The council accepted our arguments with regards to the loss of the office building due to the fact that the site had been extensively marketed and new government rules allow conversion of offices to residential, as well as the established need for private sheltered housing within the Eastleigh Borough Council area.
“We have successfully achieved planning permission at the second time following a review of the design and have brought forward a more contemporary design preferred by the council and this is our first development in Eastleigh, as well as our seventh approval in England in this financial year.”
Cecile Snell, chairman of Newtown Residents Association, said she was “disappointed” by the decision.
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