McCarthy Stone’s £41m project receives approval

CGI of retirement village in Wimborne

McCarthy Stone proposals for an urban retirement village in Wimborne have been approved by Dorset Council.

The developer and manager of retirement communities plans to deliver a £41m project, which will have 67 one- and two-bedroom extra care apartments, 32 extra care bungalows and two-storey chalets in a range of tenure options, as well as nine open market houses.

The development will consist of a wellbeing hub, circular fitness route, allotments, village green, bistro, dining areas, and be supported by 24-hour flexible care and support on site. The proposed layout has been designed with a central hub, allowing access for all residents whether in the main building or surrounding bungalows.

Dorset Council predicts the number of older people in the area will rise by 60% by 2033.

‘Our urban retirement village will be the first of its kind for McCarthy Stone given the level of integration across the scheme and we are proud to have an opportunity to be able to deliver this in Dorset, the home of our head office for the past 44 years,’ said Shane Paull, divisional managing director (southern) at McCarthy Stone.

Construction will begin in early 2022.