‘Provide for the youngsters’ – calls for affordable homes as retirement village proposed

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 December 2018

An artist impression of McCarthy and Stone's development in Clevedon.  Picture: McCarthy and Stone

An artist impression of McCarthy and Stone's development in Clevedon. Picture: McCarthy and Stone

McCarthy and Stone

Plans for a retirement village were met with concerns and demands for more affordable housing at a Clevedon meeting.

After months of consultations, McCarthy and Stone has put in a planning application to build 63 one and two-bedroom extra care complex near Tesco.

The plans feature a GP surgery and bistro restaurant which would create 40 full-time jobs.

Plans to redevelop the Kenn Road site were met with concerns at Clevedon Town Council’s meeting on December 19, where councillors raised concerns about parking, employment and the lack of affordable housing.

Planning committee chairman Graham Hill said: “My main concerns are around employment. We do not need another nursing or retirement home.”

Cllr Judith West added: “There is already a great shortage of staff for care and nursing homes so this is going to be another add-on of getting people from Weston or Bristol to staff it.

“I am concerned with the parking, I think we need to know more about the road layout.”

Cllr Sally Moores said the parking arrangements did not ‘add up’ with 63 apartments but only 34 parking spaces.

She added: “Every week I look in the paper and see jobs for care staff and, Cllr West is right, they will start coming from outside Clevedon bringing more traffic disruption with them.

“They will be mainly minimum wage jobs, there will be some doctors with the health centre.

“I am concerned with the number of nursing and retirement homes Clevedon is getting and would like to see some more starter homes and affordable housing being built.

“We need to provide more for the youngsters without ignoring the elders.”

A McCarthy and Stone spokesman, ahead of the meeting, said: “We are delighted to have received such positive feedback from the local community on our proposals for Clevedon.

“The application seeks to redevelop the site with much-needed retirement accommodation while delivering a doctor’s surgery which will mean employment use is maintained on the site.”

McCarthy and Stone has been invited to the town council’s planning meeting on January 23, as members make a recommendation to North Somerset Council.

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