Approval given to Wickham retirement apartments

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A NUMBER of retirement properties are to be built on the site once occupied by an animal testing laboratory in Wickham.

Property developer McCarthy & Stone has been given the go-ahead to build a collection of 31 privately-owned retirement apartments, for people aged over 60.

The one and two-bedroom properties will be built in Winchester Road, despite some nearby residents raising objections to its size.

Lorena Brown, national sales director for McCarthy & Stone said: ‘Everything we do is built around a belief that later life can be rich, rewarding and fulfilling, which is why we’re thrilled to be bringing a new offering to the town.

‘As specialists in later living, we understand what our customers want; a low maintenance property offering independence and security, to help get the most out of later life.’

Construction is expected to start in winter 2014. The apartments will have a security entrance, an on-call house manager and will feature 24-hour call points.