Green light given for new Winchester retirement living scheme

Plans to transform the now redundant Kings School House site on Sarum Road in Winchester with a new retirement housing scheme have been given the go ahead by Winchester City Council planners.

A formal decision on Renaissance Retirement's proposals to redevelop the site with 29 one and two bedroom apartments for older people was handed to the Ringwood based specialist housebuilder last week by the Council following months of discussions. Renaissance Retirement secured its interest in the County Council owned site following a formal tender process in 2016 before it launched it plans last year.

Simon McFarlane, associate planning director at Renaissance Retirement said:

"After 12 months of work, we're really pleased to have obtained permission for our first scheme in Winchester. We're grateful to the Council for the way in which it has worked with us, particularly over the course of the last few months, and we're keen to now start building our development, which will make a positive contribute to the city's housing stock."

It is expected that initial works will begin in the spring on site, starting with the demolition of the existing buildings. Construction of the development will take between 12 – 18 months to complete with the first apartments due to be released for sale in the autumn of 2019 (subject to change).

Nick Watkins, development director at Renaissance Retirement, added:

"Obtaining permission for this scheme in the first week of business is a great start to our year. We have long sought a site in Winchester and while not only helping improve housing choice in the local market, the capital generated by our purchase of the site will provide valuable revenue for the County Council. Our sales team has already had expressions of interest in our scheme during the course of the planning process, which goes to show the need for type of housing locally."