Plans submitted for police station site

September 26 2013

PLANS to develop elderly people’s flats at the Staple Hill Police Station site have been submitted to South Gloucestershire Council.

PLANS to develop elderly people’s flats at the Staple Hill Police Station site have been submitted to South Gloucestershire Council.

McCarthy & Stone wants to create 43 one and two-bedroomed apartments, including five by converting the locally listed police station building.

The proposed development will include communal facilities, car parking and landscaped gardens.

The Court House is not part of the scheme and is set to remain a base for police community support officers in Staple Hill.

Avon and Somerset Police is moving out most of its officers to other centres, including Emersons Green.

McCarthy & Stone held events earlier this year to outline plans to residents and community representatives. More than 1,000 people were invited to a public exhibition and the firm says most of the comments received were in favour of the planned development.

Shane Paull, regional managing director, said: “We are encouraged by the level of support that we have received for our proposals and have now submitted a planning application to South Gloucestershire Council. After carefully reviewing local feedback, we have reduced the height of the proposal and introduced increased screening to the site’s southern boundary as well as increasing the level of car parking provided.”

He added: “It is important that a community meets the housing needs of all its residents, and this development would help meet a local, and growing, housing need in the area. In South Gloucestershire specifically, 44,500 residents are currently aged over 65, with the expected population of this age group set to increase.”

South Gloucestershire Council’s planning committee will make a decision on McCarthy & Stone’s proposals for the site in the coming months.