Plans go on show for Oakham retirement complex
Plans to build a retirement complex on the site of a former boarding house have been given the thumbs up by potential residents.
Developer McCarthy and Stone showed off its proposals for the former Lonsdale House site in Barleythorpe Road, Oakham, at Oakham Rugby Club on Tuesday.
The company wants to build a three-storey retirement complex with about 43 one and two-bedroom apartments, specifically for people in later life.
Visitors were able to find out more about the plans on exhibition boards and fill in a survey to give their feedback.
Robin and June Wood, 78 and 75, from Pelham Court, Oakham, were impressed by what they saw. June said: “I think it’s a good idea. There is an ageing population in Oakham and there aren’t many bungalows about.
“People want to downsize but if you downsize into a starter home then you have still got to deal with stairs.”
The proposed retirement complex would include a lift for ease of access. And the entrances would be wide enough to allow for wheelchair users.
Robin and June have already downsized and live in a converted barn, but say they would still be looking if they hadn’t happened to see that property. June said: “I think it’s an excellent use of that piece of land.”
Wendy Hill, 58, of Woodland View, was looking at the possibilities for her disabled husband. She said: “It’s good for older people. You do need something for them because there isn’t really enough. And it would be nice to have a community.
“What I like is that you have got a lot of neighbours - a lot of people to talk to and a lot of security.”
The site has been derelict for some time. It was formerly owned by Tresham College. Lonsdale House, which has been demolished, was hit by several arson attacks.
Andrew Burns, 65, of Alexander Crescent, wanted to know whether the new building would be screened from the road. He said: “I didn’t know whether they were going to take some trees out, but it looks like they are probably going to put some more in.
“As long as you can’t see it from the road then it’s fine.”
A spokesman for McCarthy and Stone said: “The reaction from residents was overwhelmingly positive, with most of those attending considering purchasing a property for either themselves or for their relative.”
The plans can be seen online at mccarthyandstone-consultation.co.uk/oakham.