Hunstanton assisted living complex unveiled

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This is the first view of the 
McCarthy & Stone development that has been submitted for the Swains site at Eastlands House in Hunstanton.

The computer generated image shows what the assisted living (extra care) acommodtion in Westgate would look like when finished.

It follows pre-application consultation on the brownfield site.

McCarthy & Stone hope to provide 54 apartments on the site that has been occupied by Swains, a photographic supplier that is planning to move its operations to Lynn.

The retirement complex provider is currently constructing a retirement living scheme at St. Edmund’s Terrace in Hunstanton, but the assisted living scheme would provide additional facilities and a greater degree of care and support for its residents.

Assisted living apartments are specifically designed to meet the needs of people in later life and provide a range of communal facilities, including a residents’ lounge, a full service restaurant and dining room, landscaped communal gardens and other shared facilities.

Staffed 24 hours a day to give home-owners access to both personal and domestic assistance as required, the complex should create some 17 full-time new jobs.

The firm said there is a considerable need, both locally and nationally, for this type of specialist accommodation for older people, which will also contribute to the overall housing needs of Hunstanton.

The local over 65s population is predicted to grow by 62 per cent over the next 20 years.

Prior to the submission of its planning application, McCarthy & Stone consulted the community, hosting a public exhibition in March 2016.

Fifty-seven per cent of the feedback received supported theproposals in principle, with a number of local residents specifically referencing a need for this type of accommodation in the area.

Mark Wright, regional managing director at McCarthy & Stone, said:“It is important that a community meets the housing needs of all its residents. These apartments would help to meet a growing housing need in Hunstanton, providing specialist accommodation which promotes active, healthy lifestyles, with care and support on hand as required.”

On average, each development represents an investment of £5 million into the local economy and an independent report on the economic impact of McCarthy & Stone schemes found that homeowners at a typical Assisted Living (Extra Care) scheme spend £670,000 per year in the local economy, £125,000 more than a general needs housing scheme.