This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 12/04/2018.
Plans to build Purley ‘retirement village’ to cater for Croydon’s ageing population
It is also hoped it will strengthen community ties.
A “retirement village” in Purley has been proposed to Croydon Council to accommodate the growing number of older people in the borough.
The plan would see an existing building, on Banstead Road, demolished so that 34 retirement living apartments spread over five storeys in a new block could be built.
If approved, it is proposed the number of apartments would help cater for the rising number of people aged over 65 living in Croydon – which is said to increase by 60% in the next 15 years.
A planning statement read: “The number of households over 65 years old will increase at a particularly fast rate.
“Thre are expected to be an extra 3.5million older households by 2033 in England alone, a 60 per cent increase on today.
“By then, a third of all households will consist of those aged over 65, up from 28% in 2008.”
The planned proposals would include communal facilities, parking provision and landscape gardens, according to the application.
Consideration would also be given to neighbours in how the development could be built.
The application continues: “The proposed scheme has been designed with regard to the amenities of neighbouring residents and amended to respond to officers previous concerns at pre-application stage about impacting neighbouring properties.
“The scheme has been designed to ensure that windows from the proposed apartments look down the garden rather than across to neighbouring properties.”
It is hoped the development will strengthen the “immeasurable benefits of companionship and sense of community that retirement housing can provide for older persons.”
Martin Brown, development director for McCarthy and Stone, the developer behind the proposal, said: “It is important that communities cater to the needs of all their residents.
“This development would improve accommodation choice for older people in the local area and provide an opportunity to downsize while still remaining in Purley.
“Given the nature of this type of development, there will be no additional impact on local schools and there are lower levels of car ownership and traffic generation.
“Our research finds that a majority of our residents move from within a five to seven mile radius of their new home, which frees up local housing stock for young families.”
The council are still to make a decision on the application.