Positive local support for cottage proposal as Renaissance showcases its plans in Milford-on-Sea

Over 80 people - including members of the Parish Council - turned up to see Renaissance Retirement's plans to re-develop the disused, former FJ Engineering factory on Keyhaven Road, Milford-on-Sea into retirement and affordable cottages.

The proposal is to demolish the existing building and a bungalow at the rear of the site and erect a total of 14 cottages with gardens, including 28 parking spaces.

The eight dwellings on the north part of the site closest to Keyhaven Road will be in the form of retirement cottages for sale to older people over the age of 55.

The site for the remaining six dwellings is likely to be offered to the LPA as affordable housing to provide for local needs (subject to viability). These might be for shared-ownership/key-worker affordable housing and might include an element of social rent.

Following feedback at the public consultation, the design of the cottages is now being considered and is likely to be traditional cottage appearance to reflect the style and appearance of dwellings within the village.

The exhibition, held at the Milford Community Centre, on Thursday 17 March, provided locals an opportunity to view the proposed scheme. Over 90 per cent of those who attended the exhibition were generally supportive of the proposals.

Peter Tanner, Planning Director at Renaissance Retirement, comments: "We were pleased that so many people took the opportunity to view the proposals and we welcomed the positive feedback received.

"Many commented that the proposal was 'well thought out' and made 'good use of site' and was 'very suitable for Milford'".

Peter continued: "Judging by the large number of enquirers for our site as well as research conducted, there is considerable need in Milford for independent senior living to provide for local elderly people looking to downsize. This also has the benefit of releasing under-occupied housing back onto the market suitable for families. It was recognised that Milford-on-Sea is in much need of affordable housing and that this proposal would help towards providing for that local need".