Avison Young secures consent for 167-home Retirement Village

Type News

Date 18/02/2019

Avison Young has secured planning consent for the development of a 167-home retirement village at a site near Selby, Yorkshire, on behalf of York House Leisure.

The retirement village will be situated on a former derelict mushroom farm and the development will support the Council’s desire to find an alternative use for the site.

Planning consent was secured by Avison Young’s specialist caravan park planning team. A detailed Housing Need Assessment prepared by the team demonstrated that the group with the greatest housing need was older people, given the projected growth in the number of these households.

The Housing Need Assessment also demonstrated a critical need for affordable low-cost housing for older people, while local agents reported strong and unsatisfied demand for bungalows in particular. The proposed park will provide single storey homes that are far more affordable than traditional brick-built bungalows.

The plans for the project were carefully put together to create an attractive retirement village with the 167 homes spread around open amenity areas, ponds and a fishing lake. A larger area of woodland with an open glade will be restored on the north side of the site to provide a park for residents of both the retirement village and the nearby settlement of Thorpe Willoughby. A central shop and clubhouse will be created in an attractive position overlooking a lake.

All of these elements come together to form one of the largest single planning permissions for residential park homes achieved in the last few decades.

Martin Taylor, said: “This was a complex project that required our team to work closely with the council, client, architects, and Avison Young’s own drainage consultants for 18 months to secure this major regeneration scheme in the interest on local people looking to move to smaller more affordable single-storey homes and to free-up larger family homes for the next generation”.

“Obtaining planning permission for any residential development on unallocated sites outside settlement boundaries requires a strong understanding of planning policy, local concerns and detailed local housing needs to ensure officer and member support. Subsequently, this is a very valuable permission for our client, who will now be able to raise the necessary investment funding to bring forward this attractive retirement village.”