Plans for retirement homes on old school site in Staple Hill

The site where a 42-apartment block is planned

Plans to build a block of 42 retirement apartments on the site of the former infant school in Page Road, Staple Hill, have been submitted to South Gloucestershire Council.

The application has been lodged by Churchill Retirement Living who are proposing a mix of one and two-bed apartments at what they say is a “highly sustainable location”.

An artist’s impression of how the new block next to the pre-school will look

The block is larger than the school, which was demolished in 2019, and will be three storeys with a set-back fourth storey. It sits next to Staple Hill Stars Pre-School.

The old infant school was demolished in 2019

The planning application says the new building will be a mix of traditional and contemporary, with buff and brown brick, natural cast stone banding and cream render.

A total of 14 parking spaces are proposed, with Churchill saying that based on parking demand research, 12 would be enough to serve the development.

A mobility scooter charging and storage area is also proposed.

Churchill’s website says they have acquired the site for a proposed collection of one and two-bedroom retirement apartments: “Located directly off Staple Hill High Street, the development is centrally located for the town’s High Street shops, charming cafés and other amenities.”

The planning reference is P22/05589/F. People can comment by 2nd November.

Locally there are already Churchill retirement apartments in Fishponds (New Pooles Lodge) and at Trewin Lodge and Trewin Mews in Yate.