Retirement homes firm acquires land ahead of submitting planning application

Springfield Park proposals

Retirement homes specialist, McCarthy Stone, has acquired an interest in land at Springfield Park, in the Liverpool area of Knotty Ash.

It is bringing forward plans to redevelop the site with retirement accommodation specially designed to meet the needs of people in later life.

The wider site already has planning permission secured by the property developer, Step Places, which has brought McCarthy Stone on board to provide the retirement living element of the site

McCarthy Stone is seeking permission for a reconfiguration to make the development a more welcoming and homely environment for new residents, while being a sympathetic and considerate neighbour for current residents nearby, it said.

Its proposal would deliver around 60 retirement living apartments split across two apartment blocks.

The apartments would be situated near local shops and services, with on-site parking, and landscaped gardens.

McCarthy Stone’s retirement living developments also feature communal facilities such as a residents’ lounge, mobility scooter charging and storage room, guest suite and lift access to all floors.

Ian Wilkins, McCarthy Stone divisional managing director North, said: “Our plans provide a fantastic opportunity to deliver much needed retirement living accommodation. The site is ideally located for residents to access local shops and services, with connectivity to the highway network providing transport links across the wider region.”

The company has launched an online consultation for nearby residents, running until July 10. It has also offered meetings to close neighbours of the site to give them an opportunity to discuss the initial proposals via one-to-one meetings.

Feedback will help the firm to understand local thoughts and suggestions ahead of submitting a planning application to Liverpool City Council.

Mr Wilkins added: “We are encouraged by comments from residents so far and would like to hear local views on our proposals before we finalise our planning application. I’d encourage people to go online and view the proposals, where they’ll be able to complete our online feedback form.”