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24th Jun, 2022

Plans for retirement home resubmitted

CONTROVERSIAL plans for retirement apartments to be built in Shipston have been resubmitted.

Churchill Retirement Living hope to demolish South Lynn House off London Road to make way for 33 flats.

But Stratford District Council raised several concerns with developers surrounding the building, highway safety, and the level of financial and affordable housing contributions.

As a decision about the application had not been reached by the council within eight weeks, the applicant launched an appeal and resubmitted the plans.

If approved, South Lynn House – which has stood there since 1892 – would be replaced with 21 one-bedroom flats and 12 two-bedroom flats, a communal space and 14 parking spaces.

More than 100 objections and a petition were made against the original proposals late last year.

Concerns included lack of parking, a busy main road, unsuitable pavements for mobility scooters, strain on the medical centre and the building being out of character.

But developers say the proposals address local need and the development was appropriate for the area.

A planning statement read: “The proposal would provide much needed retirement living accommodation in an attractive and safe environment within a defined urban area and in proximity to the town centre.

“The use of the site for a retirement housing development is wholly appropriate at this location and the design of the proposal will preserve and enhance the character and appearance of the area.”

It further stated the location of the development would make a positive contribution to the local economy and the location meant minimal car use.

A decision is expected to be reached in August.

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