Improving accommodation choice for older people in Ampthill

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McCarthy and Stone, the UK’s leading retirement house builder, has recently acquired an interest in the land at the former Ampthill Police Station on Woburn Street, Ampthill.

It is now in the early stages of discussions with Central Bedfordshire Council about redeveloping the site with retirement living accommodation.

Following previous correspondence, McCarthy and Stone is now in a position to resume its pre-application community consultation programme.

The site was put for sale in October 2015 and has since been lying vacant on Woburn Road, and is bordered by woodland and a public park.

On the south side there is a mixture of community and civic buildings, residential development and playing fields.

Ampthill is renowned for its picturesque features and traditional architecture, making the site an ideal location for new retirement living accommodation that fits in with the existing characteristics of the area.

Ali Maruf, regional managing director for McCarthy and Stone, said: “This is a great opportunity to obtain early feedback on our scheme so we can ensure it will complement the residential character of Woburn Street.

“Our proposals will deliver a high-quality, attractive development that can improve the existing site, whilst diversifying local housing choice in the area.”

Retirement living apartments are aimed at retired people without significant care needs and offer the independence of retaining home ownership while living in an apartment specifically designed for later life.

These developments include a club lounge, a House Manager, guest accommodation and a secure entry system.

The apartments will enable older people to remain living in the community and out of state care whilst enjoying peace of mind and receiving the care and support that they need.

Following the upcoming meetings, a public exhibition will be held for the wider community to view the scheme and provide their views.

For more information, call the project’s Freephone information line on 0800 298 7040.