Renaissance Retirement secures planning permission in Wantage for a 32 apartment luxury development

A golden opportunity to replace two disused buildings in Wantage with a much needed development for independent retirement living was given the go-ahead by The Vale of White Horse District Council planning committee on 1 July.

Renaissance Retirement will now put into place its plans to re-develop the former Magistrates’ Court and Thames Valley Police station on Church Street into 32 retirement apartments.

Renaissance Retirement has designed the development to be sympathetic to its surrounding and has been working closely alongside the Council’s conservation architect, Sally Straddling, to iron out any concerns and ensure the correct detailing is used to reflect and work in harmony with the local surroundings.

Robert Taylor, managing director, Renaissance Retirement, said: “Renaissance Retirement is delighted with last night’s decision to approve our planning application on our luxury independent retirement development in Wantage.

“This is very good news for many local people who will be looking to downsize into a stunning new development in centre of Wantage.  It also frees up valuable housing stock for families in the area.

“Wantage is a delightful historic market town and we feel privileged to be part of the very fabric of the town going forward. We look forward to starting construction in the coming months with a grand opening planned for the September 2016.”

Robert added: “We think this site is perfect for retired people who live in and around Wantage. It will free up over 30 family sized homes in the area which are much needed in the second hand housing stock.”

Renaissance Retirement has also employed ex-English Heritage consultant James Webb to advise on the appropriate size, scale and design for its proposed building.  James said:  “The site is particularly sensitive due to its position on the edge of the town conservation area and within important views to the tower of the Grade I listed St Peter and St Paul’s Church.” 

James added: “The proposed design has taken into account the attractive and diverse townscape to this part of Church Street and preserved views to the church tower.  The use of materials and architectural styles which relate to the town’s key buildings within the conservation area help the development sit comfortably within its historic surroundings.  The proposed development would create a far more attractive new street scene on Church Street which is currently blighted by the existing dilapidated buildings.”