Renaissance’s Plans For Retirement Apartments in Bourne End Gets Green Light

An opportunity to provide a much needed development for independent retirement living in Bourne End has unanimously been given the green light by Wycombe District Council (Wednesday 15 November).

Renaissance Retirement will now re-develop the vacant Wharf Business Centre in Bourne End into a development of 21 sheltered retirement apartments. There will be provision for 21 parking spaces.

The scheme, on Wharf Lane, will provide homes for independent senior living compromising spacious one and two bedroom luxury apartments, an owners' drawing room and a guest suite.

The building work will start early in the new year with a targeted grand opening in 2019.

Chris Goddard, Chairman of Renaissance Retirement, said: "This is great news – for Renaissance Retirement and the town. We believe we have a fantastic scheme that will make the people of Bourne End proud. We have been working very closely with the officers and have designed a scheme that will sit comfortably within this landscaped setting."

"There is a fundamental demand for new, independent retirement housing in the area. We have been very well received at the public consultation by local people and councillors alike. The simple fact is that people are looking increasingly at this form of housing as part of their retirement plans. From the number of people who have requested more information on our site, we are confident we have the right product and location."

Peter Tanner, Planning Director at Renaissance Retirement, said: "This is not going to be a care home but luxury private retirement homes. Our research and experience tells us people like to buy modern, well designed apartments with all the latest building enhancements, which is also re-enforced by the number of enquiries we have already received."

Peter added: "The site is perfect for people who live in and around Bourne End. It is located within an easy level walk of the town centre shops. It is ideal for retired people looking to downsize and will free up over 20 family-sized homes in the area which are much needed in the second hand housing market. It will also bring investment into the town through local tradesman employed on site."

Image: Artist's Impression of proposed development.