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Retirement housing plans ‘very exciting’, say Poole residents

A resounding 90 per cent of people viewing a public exhibition in Poole have given the developer's retirement plans the thumbs up.

Over 45 people turned up to see Renaissance Retirement's plans to re-develop the Quarterdeck Hotel on Sandbanks Road.

With a number of people giving positive feedback, Renaissance has been encouraged with
its proposed scheme.

The exhibition, held at the Parkstone United Reform Church on Commercial Road, provided locals an opportunity to view the proposed scheme.

The proposal is to demolish the existing building and the house next to it and erect a total of 27 one and two bedroom apartments with landscaped gardens, including 28 underground parking spaces.
Following feedback at the public consultation, Renaissance Retirement has carried out further revisions to the proposed rear elevation to avoid potential harm from direct overlooking and loss of privacy to occupiers of neighbouring properties in Copse Close. Further boundary screen planting is also proposed.
Simon McFarlane, Associate Planning Director at Renaissance Retirement, comments: "We were pleased that local people took the opportunity to view the proposals and welcomed the positive feedback received. We are particularly pleased by the many favourable comments from people attending the exhibition who commented that they liked the traditional appearance of the design which reflects the Arts and Crafts style. Many considered the proposal to be a significant improvement over an earlier planning application submitted by Pegasus Life which was subsequently withdrawn.

"Many commented that the proposal was 'well thought out' and 'impressive' and was 'much better than we anticipated'."

Simon continued: "Judging by the large number of enquiries for our site as well as research conducted, there is still considerable need in Poole for independent senior living to provide for local elderly people looking to downsize.

"This also has the benefit of releasing under-occupied housing back onto the market suitable for families."

Renaissance's heritage dates back to the first retirement apartments at HRH Prince of Wales' flagship Poundbury development in Dorchester. The proposal, if planning is approved by the council, would be likely to be built out during 2017 with the first dwellings being available for occupation later that year.

Renaissance Retirement has now submitted its planning application to Poole Council and expect the application to be decided in the Autumn.

To register your interest, and for further information, visit http://www.renaissancegroup.co.uk/poole-dorset or call 0800 625 0026 for more information.