Plans to turn Staple Hill police station into retirement apartments are welcomed

Plans to turn Staple Hill police station site into more than 40 retirement apartments have been welcomed by the community, say developers McCarthy & Stone.

The new development of one- and two-bedroom ‘Later Living’ retirement apartments for the over-60s is proposed, subject to planning permission, which McCarthy & Stone hope to get from South Gloucestershire Council in the coming months.

Last month the housebuilder held a public exhibition at Page Community Association to introduce its preliminary plans for the former police station in Broad Street and more than 1,000 surrounding homes an local businesses were invited.

The plans showcased how the proposal, which includes approximately 43 apartments, communal facilities and landscaped gardens, would bring the soon-to-be-redundant police station site back into efficient use.

The police now have a new base at Emersons Green and a presence at Kingswood Civic Centre. Next year the police cells and most of the site at Staple Hill will be closed when a new custody and crime investigation centre opens in Patchway.

McCarthy & Stone is proposing to retain and enhance the locally listed 19th century police station building, converting it into five apartments. The existing court house is not part of the proposals but will be retained and will be used as a base for Avon & Somerset Constabulary’s Police Community Support Officers in the Staple Hill area.

Shane Paull, McCarthy & Stone’s regional managing director, said: “We believe this site is an ideal location to provide new and much-needed accommodation for people in later life in Staple Hill.

“The public exhibition was an excellent opportunity for us to understand the views of the local community and receive their feedback on the proposals. We have been particularly encouraged by the positive response we have received to date.

“Anyone who was unable to attend the exhibition can visit the project’s dedicated website where they will have the opportunity to view the information displayed at the exhibition.

“I would encourage those that have further questions to contact our dedicated free information line number on 0800 298 7040 or visit www.mccarthyandstone-consultation.co.uk/staplehill.”

McCarthy & Stone already have developments at William Court in Overnhill Road, Downend, and Cabot Court in Longwell Green.