Plans to re-develop the ATS building into luxury retirement apartments in Shaftesbury given green light by committee

The ATS workshop on New Road, Shaftesbury was given the green light to be re-developed into luxury retirement apartments by North Dorset District Council planning committee (6 December 2016).

The decision means Renaissance Retirement will now demolish the existing building and build a total of 28 one and two bedroom apartments with landscape gardens, including 28 underground parking spaces.

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: "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 town will be pleased.

"This is an ideal site for sheltered housing being so close to the town centre and within a short walk of local shops and on a main bus route."

Simon McFarlane, Associate Planning Director at Renaissance Retirement, added: "We are particularly pleased by the many favourable comments from people supporting our application who said that they liked the traditional appearance of the design which fits well into the town's street scene.

"Many commented at our public exhibition that the proposal was 'well designed' and 'what the town needed'.

We also recognise that there was a degree of local concern with regard to pedestrian facilities on the New Road junction. We will continue to engage with the local highways authority on the possibility of providing a pedestrian crossing point in an appropriate location close to the site.

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 a development in Wareham and Christchurch in Dorset.

To register your interest, and for further information, visit our Shaftesbury development page or Freephone 0800 625 0026.