Plans to re-develop former factory with retirement homes in Milford-on-Sea given green light

A bid to regenerate a long standing vacant factory on Keyhaven Road, in Milford-on-Sea with new retirement homes was unanimously given the green light by New Forest District Council's planning committee today (12 July 2017).

The vote by all members of the committee to support Renaissance Retirement's proposals echoed the positive recommendation given by the Council's Planning Officers to see permission granted. The decision on the scheme comes following 18 months of work on the development by the Ringwood-based retirement housing specialist. The proposals will see the company demolish the existing buildings replacing them with 8 two bedroom retirement homes and landscaped gardens.

During the short debate on the plans, which also saw support for the scheme voiced by Milford-on-Sea Parish Council, praise was given to the developer over the design approach it had adopted given part of the site's falls in the local Conservation Area.

It is anticipated that the construction will start later this year and take around 12 months to build.

Peter Tanner, the company's planning director, who has led the project since the outset commented:

"After the effort we've put into developing this scheme, it was great to see our plans get such a positive endorsement from committee members. We're also pleased that the committee recognised the need to see specialist retirement housing delivered locally."

Renaissance Retirement managing director, Robert Taylor, said: "It was a very good result and we are delighted. Support for our scheme has been positive from locals so I'm sure the majority of people in the village will be pleased.

"This is an ideal site for retirement cottages being so close to the village centre. Many commented at our public exhibition that the proposal was 'well designed' and 'just what the village needed'.

Bordered on one side by the New Forest and the other side by Christchurch Bay, Milford-on-Sea is one of the most sought after coastal locations in Hampshire. There is a wide range of shops, coffee shops, restaurants, pubs and public amenities to meet all pockets and palates.

Renaissance's heritage dates back to the first sheltered retirement apartments at HRH Prince of Wales' flagship Poundbury development in Dorchester. The company is currently selling retirement accommodation in Wareham and Christchurch.

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Notes to Editors

  • The application that was determined today followed an extensive period of liaison with Planning and Conservation Officers after the withdrawal of initial plans lodged in respect of the proposed of the site in 2016
  • The former engineering premises that constitute 4 Keyhaven Road have been vacant for the last 5 years following the previous tenants leaving the property
  • This application has been proposed at a time when the Council's most recent Housing Market Assessment' has identified a need for 4,942 additional dwellings for older people within New Forest District by 2030, which equates to a need to provide 275 elderly persons dwellings per annum across the District as a whole."(Source: NFDC Strategic Housing Market Assessment (2014)

About Renaissance Retirement

Renaissance was founded in 1997 with the aim of designing, building and managing luxury retirement developments that were simply better than the standard developments being produced across the country at the time.

Renaissance means re-birth, and the aim of the group is to provide fresh, reinvigorated schemes of luxury dwellings for older people.

Renaissance first development was at Poundbury, Dorchester were the company was hand- picked to be the first retirement provider by HRH Prince of Wales.