Re­tire­ment es­tate plan for for­mer HQ

Of­fice build­ing off Coven­try Road is cur­rently empty

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE - NI­CHOLAS DAW­SON ni­cholas.daw­son@reach­plc.com

MORE than 70 homes and a full-ser­vice restau­rant could be built as part of a re­tire­ment es­tate in Hinck­ley.

Mc­Carthy and Stone re­vealed it plans to build 16 re­tire­ment bun­ga­lows and 57 ex­tra care apart­ments on the for­mer Na­tional Grid site on Coven­try Road.

The com­plex would in­clude a com­mu­nal lounge, restau­rant, guest suite and land­scaped com­mu­nal gar­dens, with on-site car park­ing and ac­cess via Short Way

The group said it will sub­mit a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion af­ter a pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion to dis­play the pro­pos­als, which took place at the Sal­va­tion Army on Lan­caster Road.

Some 25 peo­ple came along to the event and saw the plans.

Matt Wills, re­gional man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Mc­Carthy and Stone, said: “The vast ma­jor­ity of those we spoke to strongly sup­ported the way in which we are pro­pos- ing to

re­de­velop this va­cant, brown­field site.

“There is a real need in Hinck­ley for spe­cial­ist re­tire­ment ac­com­mo­da­tion and this site is ide­ally-lo­cated for older peo­ple, be­ing close to the town cen­tre, bus route and train sta­tion.

“We will care­fully re­view all the feed­back re­ceived dur­ing our con­sul­ta­tion and feed this into our fi­nal plans which we aim to sub­mit to the coun­cil in Oc­to­ber.”

The scheme in­volves a mix of Re­tire­ment Liv­ing bun­ga­lows for over-55s and Re­tire­ment Liv­ing Plus apart­ments for over-70s, with the apart­ments in­clud­ing ac­cess to on-site care and sup­port 24 hours a day.

The for­mer Na­tional Grid site has been va­cant since 2015.

An out­line ap­pli­ca­tion was made in De­cem­ber 2017 to de­mol­ish the now empty for­mer Na­tional Grid of­fices ad­ja­cent to the new Redrow es­tate and con­struct up to 42 houses.

There are also plans to build a Lidl store on Coven­try Road on the site of the HJ Hall fac­tory, which was de­mol­ished in Au­tumn last year.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the project team on 0800 298 7040 or email feed­back@ mc­carthyand­stone-con­sul­ta­tion.co.uk.

Mc­Carthy and Stone is to sub­mit plans for more than 70 re­tire­ment homes on the for­mer Na­tional Grid site on Coven­try Road in Hinck­ley.

Pic­ture: Google Street View

The site on Coven­try Road.

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