Block of retirement flats on site near Gosport Aldi is welcomed

An artist's impression of retirement flats proposed for Harbour Road, Gosport
An artist's impression of retirement flats proposed for Harbour Road, Gosport
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Plans for a 10-storey block of retirement flats have been welcomed.

Development firm McCarthy and Stone has submitted a planning application to Gosport Borough Council for 48 flats in the town centre of Gosport.

The mix of one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments will be built on Harbour Road on the site next to the new Aldi.

Planning permission was given for 150 homes to be built but it has been reduced to the 48 retirement flats. The site will also have a residents’ car park, balconies and terraces.

Councillor Mark Hook, leader of the council, said: ‘These flats will offer spectacular views of the waterfront and will look out across Portsmouth.

‘We want to bring in more people to support the high street and part of that is residents too.

‘The original planning application for that site was for 150 homes but we are now having less than a third and that is the 48 flats. They are ideal homes with magnificent views of Portsmouth.’

Shane Paul, McCarthy and Stone’s regional managing director, said the apartments have the ability to bring in hundreds of thousands of pounds for local business.

He said: ‘As well as there being a clear need for this form of housing, there are benefits for the wider community from this accommodation.

‘A McCarthy and Stone scheme of 55 residents, for example, typically generates a spend in local shops of £670,000 per annum.’

He added: ‘We have worked hard to design a signature scheme that will help regenerate this prominent site.

‘The proposed development aims to make the most of the waterfront location, with the main facade of our building forming part of the Millennium Promenade Walk.’