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New £5.4 million retirement housing development planned for North Berwick

Artist's impression of North Berwick retirement development. Courtesy of Rob Mackie

Artist's impression of North Berwick retirement development. Courtesy of Rob Mackie

Local residents and community groups in North Berwick are being invited to view proposals for new retirement apartments and business units in the town.

McCarthy & Stone is proposing to redevelop the former Ben Sayers factory site in Tantallon Road into a new mixed use residential and business development.

The site is being made available for development after the temporary occupation by theSPACE, indoor skating park, comes to an end in March 2015.

Designed for sale to people over the age of 60 the £5.4 million retirement development includes 42 apartments with a shared residents’ lounge, guest accommodation, house manager and 24 hour emergency care line. It will be set in attractive landscaped gardens, which McCarthy & Stone have become renowned for winning awards.

New modern business units will be developed on the same site providing a minimum of 530 square metres, with the potential to add an additional 413 square metres, of space to help attract and retain business to the local area.

There will be 25 car parking spaces for the retirement apartments, based on the typically reduced car ownership of older residents, with up to 22 spaces for the business units.

Artist impressions and architectural drawings will be available to view at a public exhibition being held at St Andrew Blackadder Church, St Andrew Street, North Berwick on Monday 18 August from 2.00pm – 8.00pm. Representatives from the development team will be available to discuss the plans and answer questions.

Steve Wiseman, managing director of McCarthy & Stone in Scotland, said: “Our proposal has been designed to complement the local area by blending traditional and contemporary architecture and providing specialised retirement housing and essential business space for the town.

“Our Retirement Living developments have also been proven to have a number of wider community benefits, including helping older people to downsize which in turn can free up local family housing for sale.

“We’re very keen to get feedback from the community before we submit a planning application to East Lothian Council, so I would urge people to come to the exhibition and meet the team.”

If you are unable to attend the public exhibition, or would like further information, McCarthy & Stone has provided a dedicated freephone information line (0800 088 4322) and website www.mccarthyandstone-consultation.co.uk/northberwick

 

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