Green light for cop shop homes

March 03 2014

PLANS to turn Staple Hill Police Station in Broad Street into a retirement development for the over 60s have been given the green light.

PLANS to turn Staple Hill Police Station in Broad Street into a retirement development for the over 60s have been given the green light.

South Gloucestershire Council’s planning councillors voted in favour of the proposals at a meeting on February 13.

The plans, put forward by McCarthy & Stone, include demolishing existing police buildings and creating 43 one and two bedroom ‘Later Living’ apartments, communal facilities, car parking and landscaped gardens. 

The housebuilder will retain and enhance the listed police station building, converting it into five apartments.

The existing Court House is not part of McCarthy & Stone’s proposals but will be kept and used as a base for Avon and Somerset police community support officers in the Staple Hill area. 

The three storey 1960s flat-roofed building attached to the station will be removed to enhance the appearance of the police station. 

Shane Paull, McCarthy & Stone’s regional managing director, said: “From the outset it has been our aim to bring forward a development that brings the site back into use but with a design that is respectful of its setting next to the locally listed police station. On top of this, it was also important to us that our scheme provided an attractive neighbour to the popular Page Park. We are pleased that this hard work has been recognised by the council.” 

Following consultations with the community last June, the company said the majority of the feedback received showed support, in principle, for the redevelopment of the site for specialist housing for people in later life.

They also said that the positive feedback indicates that residents feel it offers a good use of the site and is an excellent location for this type of housing. 

The council received five letters objecting to the plans with some claiming it will have an overbearing impact on neighbours and stating the use of Teewell Hill exit will be a safety hazard.

However, 11 people sent letters of support saying the proposals will revitalise a redundant site and that this type of housing is needed in the area.

Councillors voted in favour of the plans providing McCarthy & Stone abide by several conditions including not allowing building work to take place before 8am and not after 6pm on Monday to Friday and not before 9am and after 1pm on Saturday. No building work is allowed on Sundays or Bank Holidays.

The council has also asked McCarthy & Stone to look into providing five units of ‘affordable housing’ on the site.

Mr Paull said: Not only will our scheme help address the need for this form of specialist housing in Staple Hill, residents moving into one of the proposed apartments tend to release family sized housing, which helps to stimulate the housing chain and enable young families and first time buyers to have a better opportunity within the housing market.”