Work has started to build retirement flats at former police station
PUBLISHED: 10:11 16 November 2017
The former police station in Nailsea is to be transformed into retirement flats.
McCarthy & Stone has purchased the building in Stock Way South and the developer is now planning to redevelop the site as 40 contemporary retirement apartments.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary announced its plans to sell the police station in 2014 as part of cost-cutting measures.
The neighbourhood beat team and enquiry office moved into a new base at Nailsea Fire Station, in Pound Lane, in June, and the response team relocated to the purpose-built new policing centre in Weston.
The police service had been planning to move into a revamped Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, but the idea was dropped due to delays with the project.
McCarthy & Stone applied to North Somerset Council for permission to knock down the building to build retirement flats in 2015.
The public consultation ended in February last year, but the proposal was delayed due to negotiations over the developer’s contribution.
The developer is now celebrating after aquiring the site and planning permission.
Nic Rumble, from selling agents Hartnell Taylor Cook LLP, said: “Brownfield sites of this size and location, which is easily accessible from Bristol, are in short supply.
“The marketing resulted in a large number of serious enquiries and as a result of the strong competition, our clients were delighted with the eventual price achieved.
“The deal reflects the continuing strength of the retirement and assisted living market which needs to find and develop the right sites to match the demand generated by the rapidly ageing population in the region.”
McCarthy & Stone has permission to build 22 one-bedroom apartments and 18 two-bedroom apartments.
There will be 30 on-site car parking spaces and the flats are also close to Crown Glass Shopping Centre and a wide range of services and facilities.
Work on the complex has now started and the units will be available in early 2019.
Nailsea Town Council clerk Ian Morrell said: “After significant delay, it’s good to know that McCarthy & Stone has started work on the site.”