Accommodation boost for town's elderly

Released: Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Elderly people in Worthing in need of some living support will have more choice of suitable accommodation after planning permission was approved for a new retirement development.

Developers McCarthy and Stone's application to demolish the mixture of existing occupied and vacant Horton Buildings on the site of Goring Street and construct retirement living apartments was given the green light by Worthing Borough Council's Planning Committee at a meeting on Wednesday, 19th January 2022.

The L-shaped 'Retirement Living' development, which is designed for residents over the age of 60, will consist of 17 one-bedroom and 18 two-bedroom apartments built over mainly three storeys with the expectation of one smaller four storey section.

'Retirement Living' developments are designed to accommodate those who require limited support to allow them to live a relatively independent life.

Cllr Nicola Waight, Worthing Executive Member for Regeneration, said:

“The need for specialist accommodation for older people has grown significantly in recent years and this is much-needed in Worthing, while also enabling elderly people to remain in the community.

“This is a good example of the redevelopment of an outdated building, providing a new modern facility for our elderly residents wishing to move into this type of accommodation. It will also free up their existing homes, for younger families.”

The development will also boast a communal lounge, garden, guest suite to accommodate visitors, as well as car parking for 27 vehicles and electric vehicle charge points. Parking will be accessed from Goring Street with five spaces including one disabled space at the front and 22 spaces available at the rear, which are accessed from a narrow access drive.

There will also be a mobility scooter and cycle store with charging points for six scooters on the ground-floor, plus a recycling store.

Many of the apartments exceed the Government's minimum requirements for size of living space, while all but one ground-floor unit will include its own small patio terrace with all residents having access to a 400sqm landscaped and private communal garden. The current site is identified as a 'transition zone' between the new residential development to the north in Bluebell Way and the older, more traditional suburban development to the south.

PR22-017 - Elderly hands holding a walking stick (Pixabay - 981400)

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