FIRST LOOK: Plans for 59 retirement apartments and office block on plot off Salterton Road in Exmouth are revealed

Plans for 59 retirement apartments and a separate office block have been revealed for land off Salterton Road in Exmouth.

A four-storey ‘extra care’ facility exclusively for over-70s is proposed – along with a two-floor employment space – for a plot next to Tesco.

The development would feature a total of 68 parking spaces and create 20 full-time jobs, according to the application.

An artist's impression of the proposed 'extra care' retirement apartments proposed for a site off Salterton Road in Exmouth featured in the planning application. Image courtesy of Stride Treglown/YourLife Management Services Ltd/McCarthy & Stone

An artist’s impression of the proposed ‘extra care’ retirement apartments proposed for a site off Salterton Road in Exmouth featured in the planning application. Image courtesy of Stride Treglown/YourLife Management Services Ltd/McCarthy & Stone

Previous blueprints for just retirement apartments on the two-and-a-half-acre site were rejected by East Devon District Council (EDDC) in 2017.

Applicant YourLife Management Services Ltd – a joint-venture by McCarthy and Stone and Somerset Care – says the latest scheme is a result of feedback from the authority.

An artist's impression of the proposed 'extra care' retirement apartments proposed for a site off Salterton Road in Exmouth featured in the planning application. Image courtesy of Stride Treglown/YourLife Management Services Ltd/McCarthy & Stone

An artist’s impression of the proposed ‘extra care’ retirement apartments proposed for a site off Salterton Road in Exmouth featured in the planning application. Image courtesy of Stride Treglown/YourLife Management Services Ltd/McCarthy & Stone

The apartment complex of self-contained units – specifically designed for the elderly – would boast communal facilities such as a homeowners’ lounge, full table-service restaurant, wellness salon and guest suite.

An internal refuse room and a mobility scooter store are also included, as well as permanent day and night accommodation for staff.

It would feature 37 parking spaces – three of them for disabled motorists.

The two-and-a-half-acre plot is next to the Tesco superstore. Image from the planning application, courtesy of Stride Treglown/YourLife Management Services Ltd/McCarthy & Stone

The two-and-a-half-acre plot is next to the Tesco superstore. Image from the planning application, courtesy of Stride Treglown/YourLife Management Services Ltd/McCarthy & Stone

The office building – with a gross internal area of 645sq m over two floors – would have 31 parking spaces – five of them for vans.

Plans state the mooted ‘high-quality’ development is an ‘opportunity to enhance the character and appearance of this district of the town’.

The application adds: “The proposals will provide modern, desirable accommodation for retiring residents that would also provide uplift and regeneration to the locality.

“It will provide much-needed, privately-owned accommodation for people in later life in Exmouth.”

The site off Salterton Road in Exmouth. Picture: Google Maps

The site off Salterton Road in Exmouth. Picture: Google Maps

‘Extra care’ is described as ‘suitable for tenants with a heightened level of assisted care requirement’.

“Developments are designed exclusively for customers aged 70 and over – offering a retirement apartment with management services, domestic assistance, personal care and additional support,” says the application.

“This offers an attractive alternative for people seeking additional support but who wish to retain independent home ownership and do not want to move into residential care.”

EDDC will decide the fate of the application.

Blueprints for the site off Salterton Road in Exmouth featured in the planning application. Image courtesy of Stride Treglown/YourLife Management Services Ltd/McCarthy & Stone

Blueprints for the site off Salterton Road in Exmouth featured in the planning application. Image courtesy of Stride Treglown/YourLife Management Services Ltd/McCarthy & Stone

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