Plans revealed for assisted living homes

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Plans to build 56 assisted living apartments in Oakham will be revealed during a public exhibition on Tuesday.

McCarthy and Stone hope to develop land off Penn Street in Oakham, next to the Tesco store car park, with about 56 assisted living (extra care) apartments, which it said were specifically to meet the needs of elderly people.

McCarthy and Stone’s latest plans are still at a preliminary stage and no planning application has been submitted.

The public exhibition marks the next stage of the community consultation and will be held in the conference room at Voluntary Action Rutland in Lands’ End Way, Oakham, on Tuesday, between 3pm and 7pm.

The proposals follow a recent application by McCarthy and Stone for a retirement living development at the former Lonsdale House site in Barleythorpe Road, which has yet to be determined by Rutland County Council. The plans include 43 apartments and pre-consultation identified “good support” with 86 per cent of people saying they were in favour.

Ahead of Tuesday’s consultation event on the Penn Street plans, regional managing director at McCarthy and Stone Mark Wright said: “It is important that we hear from the local community and our future home-owners before we finalise our plans.

“We will bedisplaying our preliminary plans and ideas at a public exhibition where our project team will be on hand to answer questions and listen to feedback on what we have done so far.

“We are encouraged by the positive reaction from local residents when we displayed our proposals for the Lonsdale House site in September last year, which suggested that there is a real need for this type of specialist retirement accommodation in Oakham.

“This latest proposal provides an important opportunity to deliver a sensitive residential development on a vacant, brownfield site, while also providing employment for local people.”

Mr Wright added that the local over 65s population is predicted to rise by 92 per cent over the next 20 years.

Assisted living accommodation helps to meet the needs of the frail elderly, where the average age of residents is 84, offering on-site care and support whilst promoting independent, active and healthy lifestyles.

Facilities include a full service restaurant, dining room and residents’ lounge.

Developments are staffed 24 hours a day, providing residents with access to both personal and domestic assistance as required, while creating 17 full time equivalent jobs.

Residents can find out more by calling 0800 298 7040 or visit www.mccarthyandstone-consultation.co.uk/oakhamAL.