Retirement flats planned for Regal Garage site

July 11 2016

A SCHEME to redevelop the former Regal Garage site in Staple Hill Road as apartments for elderly people has been unveiled.

A SCHEME to redevelop the former Regal Garage site in Staple Hill Road as  apartments for elderly people has been unveiled.

Churchill Retirement Living wants to create about 40 flats on the former car sales and repair centre, which has been disused for some time.

The apartments would be privately owned and residents would have the benefits of a manager, a 24-hour care line, an owners’ lounge and a guest suite.

Churchill held a public meeting last month to show local people the proposals for the two and three storey buildings, which it said would use high quality materials and would not have any negative impact on neighbours.

Andrew Burgess, planning director of Churchill Retirement Living, said: “It is clear that owner occupied retirement accommodation will continue to be in increasing demand in Bristol. By meeting this demand, we can allow older people to downsize and free up under occupied houses in the local area for families.

“There is a real need for private retirement housing in the Fishponds area and our proposed development will go some way to increasing access to this type of housing for local residents.

“As well as meeting the need for high-quality retirement apartments, the development will bring benefits to the local economy in Fishponds. Owners will be within walking distance of many amenities such as shops and restaurants, helping to boost the local economy.”

Churchill Retirement Living is set to submit a planning application to Bristol City Council.

Last year, the authority considered proposals for a development of 21 flats and houses on the site. People living nearby were concerned that the scheme would make parking even more difficult and might make it difficult for emergency vehicles to get through the neighbouring streets.