Planning to convert a former pub in Sandhurst into sheltered retirement apartments given green light by committee

The former Jolly Farmer pub on Yorktown Road in Sandhurst was given the green light to be re-developed into sheltered housing by Bracknell Forest planners.

Renaissance Retirement will now build 42 one and two bed retirement apartments along with a public tea room. It is anticipated that the construction will start in the Autumn and take 18 months to build.

Renaissance Retirement planning director, Peter Tanner, said: "We are delighted with the result. Support for our scheme has been very positive from locals as well as potential buyers so I'm sure everyone will be pleased.

"This is an ideal site for sheltered housing being within a short walk of local shops on a main bus route.

Robert Taylor, managing director of Renaissance Retirement said: "Local people have welcomed the opportunity to replace the derelict Jolly Farmer pub with a well-designed building in its place. Judging by the large number of enquiries for our site as well as research conducted, there is considerable interest in Sandhurst for this type of retirement accommodation."

Renaissance will also incorporate a themed tea room as part of the development. The company launched a similar concept at Christchurch recently to the acclaim of local people who have voted it one of the best coffee and tea shops into town.

Renaissance's heritage dates back to the first sheltered retirement apartments at HRH Prince of Wales' flagship Poundbury development in Dorchester.

Peter added: "Research estimates over £400 billion of housing wealth is tied up in properties where owners desperately wish to scale down. Renaissance's development in Sandhurst offers an ideal opportunity for those local people approaching their later years who aspire to downsize. The release of these under-occupied family homes back onto the market benefits local housing supply."

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