Plans to re-develop a car garage into sheltered retirement apartments in Wimborne given green light by committee

Tice & Son car garage on Walford Bridge in Wimborne was given the green light to be re-developed into sheltered housing by East Dorset planning committee today (11 October 2016).

Renaissance Retirement will now build 27 one and two bedroom retirement apartments. It is anticipated that the construction will start early in the new year and take around 18 months to build.

Renaissance Retirement managing director, Robert Taylor, said: "We are delighted with the result. Support for our scheme has been very positive from locals as well as local councillors so I'm sure everyone will be pleased. We would also like to thank a number of local businesses who also supported our application, particularly Walford Mill.

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

Nick Watkins, development manager of Renaissance Retirement said: "Judging by the large number of sales enquiries for our site as well as research conducted, there is considerable demand in Wimborne for this type of retirement accommodation."

Nick 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 Wimborne 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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