Re­tire­ment home plan for for­mer Na­tional Grid site

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

A RE­TIRE­MENT homes es­tate could be built near the town cen­tre as a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion was lodged with the coun­cil.

De­vel­oper Mc­Carthy and Stone wants to build 57 ex­tra care apart­ments and 16 bun­ga­lows on the for­mer Na­tional Grid site on Coven­try Road.

The com­plex would in­clude 62 park­ing spa­ces with ac­cess from Short Way and would cre­ate 17 jobs.

The pro­posed hous­ing in­cludes two sin­gle-bed­room apart­ments and 14 two-bed- room units.

A De­sign and Ac­cess state­ment said of the ar­chi­tec­ture for the build: “Fol­low­ing prece­dents set by other build­ings in the area, the pro­posal has repet­i­tive pro­trud­ing gables, help­ing to break up the frontage.

“The apart­ment build­ing cre­ates fo­cal points at its cor­ners, cre­at­ing a sense of ar­rival to Short Way and the pro­posed fea­ture square.

“Be­tween the gables is a re­cessed top storey fin­ished with TileBrick giv­ing the ef­fect of hang­ing tiles, fur­ther break­ing up the mass.”

The front of the apart­ment build­ing would be de­signed so there is a sim­i­lar ridge height be­tween the front of the apart­ment build­ing and the neigh­bour­ing houses on Coven­try Road.

Ex­ist­ing hedge would re­main on the front of the site along its south­ern bound­ary to “re­tain its green feel­ing”.

The doc­u­ment said in its con­clu­sion: “The de­vel­op­ment will sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove the ex­ist- ing land con­di­tion and will be of great ben­e­fit to the sur­round­ing area.”

Plans for the com­plex un­veiled prior to the ap­pli­ca­tion said it would in­clude a com­mu­nal lounge, restau­rant, guest suite and land­scaped com­mu­nal gar­dens.

A dis­play of the plans took place at the Sal­va­tion Army on Lan­caster Road with 25 peo­ple at­tend­ing the event.

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.

You can view the ap­pli­ca­tion and leave a com­ment on the Hinck­ley and Bos­worth Bor­ough Coun­cil web­site.

All com­ments need to be sent in by Feb­ru­ary 22 2019.

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