OPINION: ‘Much-needed Exmouth retirement community will free up family-sized homes,’ says McCarthy & Stone

LETTER TO THE EDITOR- McCarthy & Stone on its plans for 59 Extra Care apartments and an office block on land off Salterton Road, Exmouth. 

Dear Madam,

We wanted to respond to your recent article – ‘Give young people a future, not old people a place to go and die‘ (January, 20, 2020) – and the comments from Exmouth Town Council regarding our plans to redevelop the disused, brownfield site at Salterton Road, Exmouth, with a much-needed retirement community and new high-quality offices.

We recognise the provision of general needs accommodation, including that for young people is important, but it is the case that majority of new housing seeks to address this need.

Specialist retirement accommodation is a small percentage of the overall provision.

In this regard, older people’s housing is categorised as having a critical need on a national scale, with only two per cent of current housing in the UK specifically designed to meet the needs of older people.

In East Devon, over-65s are older than the national average and are anticipated to increase by 43 per cent over the next 20 years.

As a result, the East Devon Local Plan aims to secure new Extra Care accommodation in all its towns and larger villages, identifying the need for an additional 150 Extra Care properties in Exmouth alone.

The Exmouth Neighbourhood Plan also identifies a need for ‘supported housing’.

Extra Care accommodation enables older people to live independent, healthy and active lives in their own apartment, making them feel happier and healthier, with access to on-site flexible care, and support available 24-hours a day.

Shared spaces offer a ready-made community, including a restaurant, communal lounge, wellness suite and a guest suite, ideal for when friends and family come to stay.

The alternative to such accommodation is older residents staying in homes which may no longer be suitable for their needs or having to move to nursing homes.

It is also a good form of housing for the local market.

Most residents move from a four-mile radius and free up large-family-sized homes, helping young families and, further down the chain, first-time buyers.

“Each move to a retirement property results in a further two to three moves in the chain.

Our revised plans have been amended in response to local feedback.

As well as delivering jobs within the new flexible office space proposed, the Extra Care accommodation will also create 17 jobs, with additional job creation during the construction phase, with similar developments injecting £10.9million into the local economy on average.

Yours faithfully,

Shane Paull
Regional Managing Director, McCarthy & Stone

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