New plans for Sandford retirement village

17.12.07 3pm - A RETIREMENT development in Sandford could still go ahead after revised plans were submitted by the charity hoping to build it.

A RETIREMENT development in Sandford could still go ahead after revised plans were submitted by the charity hoping to build it.

The St Monica Trust has altered its proposals for a retirement village and dementia care home on the old Sandford Stone site in Station Road.

The plans were originally rejected by North Somerset councillors in August due to the buildings encroaching on Greenfield land.

All structures in the new plans are restricted to brownfield land, which means the accommodation has also slightly changed.


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At the heart of the £27million development are 108 sheltered housing units and a range of retirement flats and cottages mainly for lease purchase with some up for rent or shared-purchase.

The care home, which will be slightly smaller than originally hoped, will provide specialist accommodation for up to 71 people.

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St Monica Trust director, Gerald Lee, said: "This retirement village will still have all the facilities and services that have proved so popular and successful at other sites, including a restaurant, activity centre, health spa and specialist gym."

The historic station buildings on the site will also be repaired and refurbished.

Mr Lee said: "We are hoping the old station building will provide a facility for people interested in the history of the railway line, perhaps as a museum or a rest area for Strawberry Line walkers."

The charity is hoping to have the first homes available to rent by 2009.

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