DEVELOPERS have surprisingly received the go ahead to build flats for older people on an eyesore site in Wellington.

McCarthy & Stone got the green light to turn the derelict former medical centre at Bulford into 42 later living apartments from Taunton Deane planners last week.

The application was expected to be refused but was granted subject to the developers contributing to affordable housing and recreation facilities.

Staff moved out of the former medical centre almost four years ago when a state-of-the-art centre was built on Mantle Street and it has stood empty since.

McCarthy & Stone’s regional managing director Shane Paull said: “We are delighted that following months of community consultation and engagement with the local community, councillors took the decision to approve our proposals.

“This is a clear example of us and the community working together to deliver a development that is set to transform a redundant and problematic site in the heart of Wellington.

“Not only does the scheme offer much-needed specialist housing for people in later life but it would be a good neighbour and offer benefits for the existing traders.

“We are very much looking forward to coming to Wellington.”

Mayor Vivienne Stock-Williams told The Star: “This is excellent news for Wellington.

“We believe there is a need for this accommodation close to the town centre for the elderly residents. I’m glad to see that common sense has prevailed.”

If anyone has any questions about the development, contact McCarthy & Stone on 0800 289 7040 See for more news from Wellington.