Plans for 56 apartments in Oakham submitted

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Retirement housebuilder McCarthy and Stone has submitted plans for 56 assisted living apartments in Oakham.

Following pre-application consultation with the local community, the plans to develop land off Penn Street have been put in to Rutland County Council.

The apartments are specifically designed to meet the needs of elderly people and would provide a range of communal facilities, including a residents’ lounge, a full service restaurant and dining room, landscaped communal gardens and other shared facilities.

Assisted living schemes are staffed 24 hours a day and give home-owners access to both personal and domestic assistance as required, creating approximately 17 full-time new jobs.

Regional managing director at McCarthy and Stone Mark Wright said: “It is important that a community meets the housing needs of all its residents.

“These assisted living apartments would help to meet a growing housing need in Oakham, providing specialist accommodation which promotes active, healthy lifestyles, with care and support on hand as required.

“The development would also deliver a number of economic benefits for the town, including supporting trade for local businesses and creating 17 full-time new jobs within the scheme.”

He said that during a consultation exercise carried out in April, 91 per cent of the feedback received was in favour of the application in principle.

For more information visit the website at www.mccarthyandstone-consultation.co.uk/oakhamAL, or contact the project’s freephone information line on 0800 298 7040.