Retirement flats set to get the go-ahead

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @SwindonAdver007

PLANS are in the pipeline for a development of 24 retirement flats on land opposite the Blunsdon Arms.

A planning application has not yet been submitted, but public exhibitions have been held and work is expected to begin in the summer, provided the plans are given the go- ahead.

And, since gauging public opinion, developers McCarthy And Stone have already changed the plans to increase the number of parking spaces from eight to 14 following pressure from ward councillors and residents.

The land earmarked for the development is the patch developers tried to build a fast food restaurant on several years ago but were stopped by residents and North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson, who was a councillor for the area at the time.

The development, in conjunction with Later Living Retirement Housing, would consist of 24 flats for retirees.

The site currently has planning permission for a 40-bedroom hotel which was granted when the development of the Blunsdon Arms was approved.

In a letter to residents, a McCarthy & Stone spokesman for said they based their decision to increase car parking spaces on feedback from residents.

He said: “It is not in McCarthy & Stone’s interest to under provide car parking provision as it would simply present difficulties in selling the apartments. “There are a number of factors that we take into consideration when assessing the level of car parking provision required.

“This includes the nature of the settlement, the proximity of the site to shops, services and public transport routes.

“And the mix of one and two-bedroom apartments can make some difference. “The presence of a bus route and the opportunity for these residents to use public transport would be one considering factor in the level of car parking provision provided.

“In this case Swindon Council’s parking policies advise a maximum of one space per two units, with a discount factor applied based on the sustainability of the site. “For the proposed 24 units the absolute maximum that planning policy requires us to provide is 12 spaces. However, based on some of the comments we received from the community engagement exercise, we have increased the level of parking provision by 30 per cent and will now be proposing 14 spaces for the proposed 24 units.”

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson said he expects the planning application to be given the thumbs up by local residents.

“Everyone supports the principle of an old people’s home as that is in keeping with the local residential area, in contrast to a KFC or McDonalds,” he said.

“There was concern that there wasn’t sufficient parking for the old people’s home, but myself and ward councillors have secured an extra 30 per cent parking.

“This will be a relief for the residents of Ash Brake who always feared a fast food outlet would try again to secure the site.”

Comments (8)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:38pm Fri 4 Jan 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

I'm pretty sure the existing planning has expired for the hotel.

Further more if anyone looks at the conditions on the planning for the blunsdon arms they will see a few clauses such as the garden areas cannot be used after 10pm..... Where do all those smokers go after 10pm?

The bus route that did service Ash Brake I'm pretty sure was cancelled/rerouted.

I'm sure any old folks that move in there will appreciate living next to a pub!

Mr Tomlinson can shove his generalisation of "Everyone supports the principle of an Old People home...." as I certainly don't.

A fast food restaurant would never get approval there now anyway due to the McDonalds and Pizza that is in the Orbital on the other side of Thamesdown Drive.

14 parking spaces for 24 units is ridiculous. Will the council enforce parking restrictions in the area? There are already a large number of people who park illegally on the roads by blocking dropped kerbs and within minimum distances of the roundabouts and junctions.
I'm pretty sure the existing planning has expired for the hotel. Further more if anyone looks at the conditions on the planning for the blunsdon arms they will see a few clauses such as the garden areas cannot be used after 10pm..... Where do all those smokers go after 10pm? The bus route that did service Ash Brake I'm pretty sure was cancelled/rerouted. I'm sure any old folks that move in there will appreciate living next to a pub! Mr Tomlinson can shove his generalisation of "Everyone supports the principle of an Old People home...." as I certainly don't. A fast food restaurant would never get approval there now anyway due to the McDonalds and Pizza that is in the Orbital on the other side of Thamesdown Drive. 14 parking spaces for 24 units is ridiculous. Will the council enforce parking restrictions in the area? There are already a large number of people who park illegally on the roads by blocking dropped kerbs and within minimum distances of the roundabouts and junctions. LordAshOfTheBrake
  • Score: 1

8:45pm Sat 5 Jan 13

DiDiDI says...

It is hardly going to be an old people's home is it? It's a block of flats for independent living by persons over a certain age. There is certainly a shortage of that sort of accommodation in the area. However, I'm also of the opinion that 14 parking spaces is stupid. My husband and I are hoping to be able to get a flat there, and even though qualified by age, we'd still be working.. so that's a car each for us... then there's our visitors.. I predict a bit of a shortage for parking space.
It is hardly going to be an old people's home is it? It's a block of flats for independent living by persons over a certain age. There is certainly a shortage of that sort of accommodation in the area. However, I'm also of the opinion that 14 parking spaces is stupid. My husband and I are hoping to be able to get a flat there, and even though qualified by age, we'd still be working.. so that's a car each for us... then there's our visitors.. I predict a bit of a shortage for parking space. DiDiDI
  • Score: 0

9:18pm Sat 5 Jan 13

purplerose says...

these ppl were on a programme back in September Undercover Retirement Home watch it on 4od all they seem to do is rip ppl off
these ppl were on a programme back in September Undercover Retirement Home watch it on 4od all they seem to do is rip ppl off purplerose
  • Score: 0

10:24pm Sat 5 Jan 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Link to C4 programme.

http://www.channel4.
com/programmes/dispa
tches/4od#3425819
Link to C4 programme. http://www.channel4. com/programmes/dispa tches/4od#3425819 LordAshOfTheBrake
  • Score: 0

10:12am Sun 6 Jan 13

Tim Newroman says...


Swindon Council’s parking policies advise a maximum of one space per two units


This lunacy was introduced by the last Labour government. It was a travesty then and remains so now.

While it's possible that such a ridiculous ratio might possibly make some kind of sense in London (due to and almost worthwhile level of public transport options), it certainly makes zero sense for a development on the outskirts of a town such as Swindon.

Even a disinterested casual observer would know that a parking allocation of at least 18 spaces would be the miminum requirement for this kind of development. The retired tend to park their cars at home during the day for longer periods, which is the same time they tend to have guests and care workers visit them.

The problem is that car parking spaces don't make developers any money and yet occupy the same amount of land that can make them lots of money.
[quote] Swindon Council’s parking policies advise a maximum of one space per two units [/quote] [p] This lunacy was introduced by the last Labour government. It was a travesty then and remains so now. [p] While it's possible that such a ridiculous ratio might possibly make some kind of sense in London (due to and almost worthwhile level of public transport options), it certainly makes zero sense for a development on the outskirts of a town such as Swindon. [p] Even a disinterested casual observer would know that a parking allocation of at least 18 spaces would be the miminum requirement for this kind of development. The retired tend to park their cars at home during the day for longer periods, which is the same time they tend to have guests and care workers visit them. [p] The problem is that car parking spaces don't make developers any money and yet occupy the same amount of land that can make them lots of money. Tim Newroman
  • Score: 0

10:20am Sun 6 Jan 13

RichardR1 says...

And what of the illegal parkers who will ignore privacy signs. There will need to be a barrier.

Who indeed would buy a property opposite a community pub.
And what of the illegal parkers who will ignore privacy signs. There will need to be a barrier. Who indeed would buy a property opposite a community pub. RichardR1
  • Score: 0

2:28pm Sun 6 Jan 13

faatmaan says...

a slick property salesman will promise prospective purchasers on these units the world, but little will materialise , leaving the wider immediate neighbours with a major parking issues, especially if this group can mobilise their cars during the day whilst most others are at work and clog up the adjoining streets, and break up the settled parking in the surrounding streets.
a slick property salesman will promise prospective purchasers on these units the world, but little will materialise , leaving the wider immediate neighbours with a major parking issues, especially if this group can mobilise their cars during the day whilst most others are at work and clog up the adjoining streets, and break up the settled parking in the surrounding streets. faatmaan
  • Score: 0

11:30pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Empty Car Park says...

More Flats

What "vision" not

Parking chaos "planned in"

13 years of Labour being continued under a Tory banner Tim
More Flats What "vision" not Parking chaos "planned in" 13 years of Labour being continued under a Tory banner Tim Empty Car Park
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree