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Wellington retirement homes to be completed next summer
9:00am Monday 2nd September 2013 in Devon
THIS photo shows how a block of opinion-splitting retirement homes in Wellington could look.
McCarthy & Stone is building 42 later living apartments on the site of the former Wellington Medical Centre and has released a computer generated image of the development.
The drawing illustrates how the site, located in Bulford, will look when it is completed in summer 2014.
Lorena Brown, national sales director for the firm, commented: “Everything we do is built around a belief that later life can be rich, rewarding and fulfilling.
“Our new development in Wellington is designed to do just that and we hope releasing this image will help start bringing it to life for people living locally.”
Developers surprisingly got the green light to build the apartments by Taunton Deane Council planners in January this year.
The application was expected to be refused but was granted subject to the developers contributing to affordable housing and recreation facilities.
It was initially turned down three months prior to that as planning officers said the developers had to provide contributions towards off-site affordable housing – and the firm says it has done.
The former medical centre site had become an eyesore in Wellington and attracted vandalism after staff moved to a state-of-the-art, £3.5million centre in Mantle Street in 2009.
Town councillor Janet Reed campaigned for the site to be transformed but many residents stated their desire to see the site, just off the town centre, retained for retail space.
McCarthy & Stone’s regional managing director Shane Paull said: “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.”
Speaking after the application was giving the go-ahead, the then Mayor Vivienne Stock-Williams said it was “good news” for the town
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