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  • We have submitted plans to build a new retirement village on the site of the Beechmoor Garden Centre on Whitchurch Road, Boughton Heath, Chester. The former Beechmoor Garden Centre site has existing planning permission, gained by another developer, for a retirement village, however we have worked up a new plan to improve the scheme. This alternative vision addresses many of the points and concerns raised by the local community about the previous proposal and seeks to maximise benefits for the local area.

    During the consultation you told us that the buildings should be in keeping with the local area, with thought given to the scale and size, and integrated with green areas and open space.

    In response, we’ve proposed a series of villas sat within the landscape which will help to reduce the visual impact of the development and ensure it integrates into the local area.

    You told us that one of the best things about living in Boughton Heath is that it’s close to the city and the countryside. So we’ve shaped the scheme to ensure that it reflects the unique character of Boughton Heath, as well as Chester and the surrounding Cheshire countryside.

    There will be up to 147 apartments across the six villas which will be available to buy and rent. The villas range between three and five storeys, located away from the site edges and screened with planting and trees so they are less visible from Whitchurch Road. By staggering the layout of the buildings, which also have a smaller footprint and narrower frontages, we can reduce the visual impact of the proposals and better reflect the character of the local area compared to the plans currently approved for the site.

    We want to deliver a sustainable development that promotes community health and wellbeing, and encourage the local community and people using the Park and Ride to enjoy the public spaces at the retirement village.

    We’ve taken on board your views on what kind of facilities you’d like to see and that these shouldn’t compete with what’s already in Boughton Heath.

    We’re planning:

    • A small ‘community shop’ (selling key groceries like milk and bread) which will be run by us and shouldn’t compete with what’s already in the local area
    • A café where you can sit and enjoy a coffee or grab a takeout on your way to the Park and Ride
    • A wellness suite with a gym, swimming pool and treatment rooms, which local people could use (providing you don’t arrive by car!)
    • Open spaces and a community square
    • Walking and cycle routes through the site connecting to the canal cycle network
    • A sustainable transport hub with cycles for hire meaning people using the Park and Ride could cycle into Chester
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