A huge new block of retirement flats, providing an extra level of care for elderly residents, will soon be built on the site of redundant warehouses in Old Town.

McCarthy & Stone, a specialist in such developments, has been given permission to build the new home on Pipers Way, in a corner formed by the road to Hayman Close.

The four story block will also house a shop on the ground floor with 65 one and two-bed self-contained units for the residents of the home.

The developer said: “This represents an ideal opportunity for the development of the site relatively close to the centre of Swindon. The specialist accommodation will provide choice including the benefits of safety, security and companionship from similar minded people and would also remove the burden of property maintenance.

“The location of this proposal, will allow access to shops, public transport and other essential services. This would assist in older residents maintaining an independent lifestyle as well as assisting all residents in a reduction in the use of private vehicles.”

The site already had been approved for an earlier scheme which included a shop underneath a block of 18 flats and 16 separate houses.

The decision by planners said: “The development t will not cause any additional harm to the wider highway network, and it is considered that the amenities of nearby and future residents will be safeguarded. The development will deliver a contemporary architecture with quality materials and detailing. The extra care scheme provide a vital support to meet Swindon’s growing elderly population, furthermore providing a housing offer not available in the central area. It will make effective use of land, which already has permission for residential and retail. Furthermore, supporting house delivery through brown field development."

While objections were received saying the building would be a "faceless box" there were other comments made by people saying there was a need for such accommodation in the central area and expressing an interest in living there when it is built.