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Developer appeals refusal of 44 retirement apartments at Stanford Hill, Lymington

The plan for 44 flats was refused in October
The plan for 44 flats was refused in October

A DEVELOPER has launched an appeal against New Forest District Council’s refusal of 44 new retirement apartments it hoped to build at one of the gateways into Lymington.

Renaissance Retirement, which was bought by developer PegasusLife in 2018, applied to demolish four properties at Stanford Hill and build the new flats, along with a mobility scooter store and 34 parking spaces.

As reported in the A&T, the application was unanimously refused in October last year by members of NFDC’s planning committee amid warnings the town could become a “retirement area for the south coast”.

Previous plans for 45 dwellings on the site were also thrown out by the council in 2019 for their “unsympathetic” design.

Documents submitted to NFDC appealing the 2020 decision stated: “The location makes this an excellent location for older persons’ housing.

“In the context of the national and local need for more housing, the proposals will make a vital contribution to the council’s housing supply.

“More specifically, in delivering high-quality accommodation specifically suited to the needs of older people, it will play an important role in encouraging downsizing to free up under-occupied housing, which is identified as a significant problem in the New Forest.

“It will also provide older people with the opportunity to enhance their wellbeing through community living, a model which evidence shows reduces the burden on the NHS and other providers of physical and mental health care.”

The document added that the development would generate jobs through construction as well as direct and indirect employment through the general management of the premises.

Comments on the application can be submitted for consideration by the planning inspector ahead of an inquiry and must be received by the Planning Inspectorate by 15th March.

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