‘Boost for Nailsea economy’ as retirement flats approved for ex-police station
PUBLISHED: 06:00 14 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:18 14 July 2017
Nailsea’s former police station will now be converted into retirement flats after the final planning hurdles were cleared and permission was granted.
The Times revealed back in 2014 how Avon and Somerset Constabulary was looking to sell off the station on the corner of Stock Way South and Mizzymead Road as part of a cost-saving review of its operations.
Since then, a deal has been struck with retirement housebuilder McCarthy & Stone, with the company looking to redevelop the site as 40 ‘vibrant and high quality’ flats for older people.
The project was held up while the developer negotiated section 106 details with North Somerset Council, but those talks have now been resolved, and planning permission was granted this week.
McCarthy & Stone’s regional managing director Simon Mantell says he is ‘delighted’ this final obstacle has been cleared, and he believes the development will have a major positive impact on the town.
He said research shows a typical McCarthy & Stone retirement development of this type will result in an £8.64million boost to the area’s economy during construction, while incoming homeowners will spend around £670,000 a year in nearby shops and services.
He said: “We are delighted that our plans to deliver much-needed retirement housing in Nailsea have now been given approval.
“There is a real need for age-appropriate housing in the area and these proposals will provide numerous benefits to the area including significant investment, support for the local economy, and contributions towards infrastructure improvements.
“We would like to thank local stakeholders and the community for their input and feedback throughout the planning process and look forward to making these plans a reality, with construction due to begin on site shortly.”
Nailsea’s neighbourhood beat police team and inquiry office relocated to its new base at the town’s fire station in Pound Lane at the beginning of June.
The town will also benefit from coverage by officers based at a new North Somerset emergency response hub in Weston, just off the M5 at junction 21.
When these plans were first revealed, North Somerset District Commander Chief Inspector Tina Robinson offered a public reassurance that ‘the move will have no effect on the service we provide’.
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