Revised plans for retirement community approved by council

CGI of proposed Didsbury scheme

Revised plans for a retirement community in Didsbury have been approved by Manchester City Council.

Retirement living developer, McCarthy Stone, has been granted approval for the new scheme which will deliver 26 one- and two-bed apartments for local older people, which will be available for private sale, as well as rent and part rent-part buy.

The site, which is located at the junction of Lancaster Road and Spath Road, is situated close to Didsbury Village, allowing residents to benefit from being within reasonable walking distance of places to pick up most day-to-day essentials.

The location is also close to reliable local bus links to Stockport, Altrincham, The Trafford Centre and Manchester, and the tram link to the city centre and beyond.

Designed to complement local architectural styles, the development is set amongst attractive landscaped gardens including the southern woodland at the site and convenient on-site parking.

A range of communal amenities, including a welcoming residents’ lounge, will also help to boost the social lives of older residents living in the apartments.

Ian Wilkins, divisional managing director at McCarthy Stone, said: “We are delighted that members voted in line with the officer’s recommendation for approval of our revised proposals for Didsbury.

“Our exciting scheme will help to address a demand for retirement accommodation in the area, providing housing choice for older people, whilst freeing up the wider housing market for families and first time buyers further down the chain.”

He added: “We’ve routinely found that residents moving into a McCarthy Stone apartment experience increased independence and social interaction. This, along with other lifestyle changes, results in a significant improvement to health and wellbeing.”

McCarthy Stone will begin construction of the new development in the coming months.

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