Plans for retirement homes and affordable housing in Milngavie

The land near Milngavie fire station where the new retirement houses would be built if permission is granted.
The land near Milngavie fire station where the new retirement houses would be built if permission is granted.

Plans for new high-quality retirement and affordable housing for older people in Milngavie have been submitted to East Dunbartonshire council.

McCarthy & Stone is proposing to develop land to the west of the fire station on Craigdhu Road into a specialised retirement development designed exclusively for people over 60. It will include 49 retirement living apartments with a mix of one and two bedrooms, with access to a shared homeowners lounge, house manager, 24 hour emergency call system and landscaped gardens.

A smaller block of 12 affordable housing is proposed on the same site and will be built by Sanctuary Housing.

Milngavie residents and local councillors were invited to meet the developers and view the plans at consultation events in September this year. Over 80 people attended and responses showed 55 per cent of those leaving feedback supported the proposal, while 66 per cent agreed more retirement homes were needed in the area.

As a result of consultation, McCarthy & Stone has simplified the materials used in the design to reflect the building’s surroundings. It has also increased parking provision from 49 spaces to 51.

Steve Wiseman, managing director of McCarthy & Stone in Scotland, said: “This site is an ideal location for retirement housing, which will help to bring much-needed older people’s housing to the area as well as help invest in the local economy.

“We are committed to consulting with the local community and would like to thank everyone who attended a consultation event and gave us their views. We’ve aimed to address comments raised at the consultation where possible and have made some changes to the proposal as a direct result of feedback.”

McCarthy & Stone calims that their retirement living developments have a number of wider community benefits as residents use local shops and services and tend to downsize from under-occupied large family homes releasing them for sale on the market.

The planning application is likely to be considered by East Dunbartonshire Council in Spring 2017.