PLANS to demolish four homes in Lymington and replace them with 50 retirement flats have been scaled back by the developer.
The proposals handed in to New Forest District Council by Renaissance Retirement now show a three-storey building with 45 homes supplied by 34 parking spaces.
If approved, the development will take the place of a row of four properties on the eastern side of Stanford Hill, just south of the junction with Highfield. Potentially facing the bulldozer are The Rise, High Bank, Silver Birches and Hill View.
Renaissance has reduced its designs for the more than 5,000-square metre site since first floating the idea of 50 flats in a public consultation earlier this year.
The application said the smaller building’s height would not exceed that of the neigh-bouring Bucklers Court, another retirement development built in 1994.
Simon McFarlane, head of planning at Renaissance, told the A&T: “We’ve taken on-board comments received from neighbours and the council and worked hard to make a series of amendments, which we feel helps deliver a high quality specialist housing development.”
He added that according to NFDC’s planning policies there was a need for 2,000 extra specialist older people’s homes.
Renaissance’s plan argued there was a “critical need” for homes for older people and pointed to NFDC’s own forecast that the number of people aged 65 and over outside the national park to increase by 13,200 (40%) between 2016 and 2036.
It said: “This scheme would deliver sustainable development through economic, social and environmental benefits.
“The use of the site for housing for older people is wholly appropriate at this location and the design of the proposal will make a positive contribution to the appearance of the site that will re-spect and enhance the character of the area.”
The application said the revised building’s height would not exceed that of the neighbouring Bucklers Court, another retirement development built in 1994.
Renaissance will be hoping for a better result than its bid for 17 retirement flats at the former bus station in the high street which it abandoned this year after twice being rejected by NFDC.
The Ringwood-based company is owned by Pegasus Life, the developer which twice failed to get permission for around 90 homes – mostly retirement flats – at the Lyndhurst Park Hotel.
Pegasus signs have been removed from fencing around the site which the firm is thought to be in the process of selling.
NFDC is scheduled to make a decision on the Stanford Hill proposals by 24th December after the deadline for public comments on 10th November.