A NEW VISION FOR
Following two rounds of consultation we’ve now submitted our plans to Cheshire West & Chester Council. We’re proposing 147 apartment across a series of six villas alongside open spaces and a range of new local community amenities, including a community shop, gym, wellness suite and café, which would all be open to local people. For further information on our plans you can download the Design and Access Statement here.
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 to feedback, the height and width of buildings and overall number of apartments has been reduced. By proposing a series of villas, set back from the road and screened with planting and trees, the buildings will be less visible than the plans previously approved for the site when owned by another developer. To find out more about how the plans have evolved and how we took on board feedback from the consultation download the Consultation Overview Document here.
Your feedback has helped us to understand what facilities the local community would like to see as part of the retirement village. We want the Boughton Heath retirement village to become part of the local community and something that existing and new residents are proud of. Our plans include:
- A small ‘community shop’ 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
As well as providing local community amenities the retirement village will:
- Provide a £39m boost to the local economy, creating more than 300 jobs through the construction process
- Increase spending in the local area by £1.5 million every year
- Create 300 jobs through the construction process with a commitment to sourcing suppliers and materials within 25 miles of the site.
- 30 full time on-site jobs
TRANSPORT AND ACCESS
You told us that traffic is already an issue in the local area, particularly around the ‘hamburger’ roundabout, and that we needed to think about how to ensure safe access for residents and visitors. We have listened to your concerns and proposed a different access which will have less impact than the plans previously approved for the site. Cheshire West & Chester Council are also undertaking a study to look at how the junction could function better. Whilst we are not able to make significant changes to the local road network we’re committed to working with the Council and other stakeholders to help find a long term solution.
We are proposing a new pedestrian crossing on Whitchurch Road to create a safe access to the site.
We’re also promoting sustainable travel with connections to the canal cycle network and electric vehicle charging points. We’re including a sustainable transport hub with cycles for hire which also means that people using the Park and Ride could cycle into Chester. We’re also talking to local parish councils and cycle groups about how we can help with their plans to improve and open up local walking and cycling routes.
SUSTAINABILITY AND WELLBEING
Your feedback highlighted the importance of sustainability, the environment and health and wellbeing, and this has been at the heart of our thinking when finalising our plans.
Improving wellbeing of both our residents and the wider community starts with providing homes that can better serve the long term needs of residents where they can live as independently as they wish with plenty of opportunities for social interaction and access to care. The homes will all be generous in size with lots of natural light and adaptable to residents’ way of life. The communal facilities, including a lounge, restaurant, bar, wellness area and extensive gardens, will support our residents to have an active and sociable lifestyle that can also be shared with friends and family.
The retirement village will become an exemplar of sustainable development, helping Cheshire West & Chester tackle the climate emergency declared in the borough last year. Through high performance construction materials, an efficient all-electric communal heating loop, and renewable energy generation on site, the buildings will achieve net zero carbon emissions when in use.
We know that green spaces and planting are really important for the wellbeing of our residents (and visitors) so we’re going to be planting a lot of trees, plants and flowers. You will be able to walk and cycle into the site and enjoy the community square and surrounding landscaped spaces.