Planning approved for 78 new retirement apartments in Banbury

After a successful planning appeal, Churchill Retirement Living has been granted planning permission to build 78 brand new independent living retirement apartments in Banbury. Regenerating the former Buzz Bingo Hall on Bolton Road, the new development will bring a thriving new community to the heart of Banbury, contributing over £600k a year to the local economy and supporting around 147 jobs both during and after construction.

In the appeal decision notice, the Government’s Planning Inspector S R G Baird dismissed any concerns about the development’s impact on a neighbouring Grade 2 listed building, concluding that the plans “would not result in harm to Trelawn House and would enhance its setting such that its architectural and historic interest would be preserved. Similarly, the scheme would enhance the character and appearance of the Castle Street and Main Route Character Areas of the Conservation Area.”

The new development will provide attractive, high quality, secure and self-contained accommodation in landscaped grounds. As with all Churchill Retirement Living developments, Owners will enjoy independent living and a sense of community, with a communal Owners’ Lounge, a Guest Suite, a Lodge Manager, and a 24 hour emergency call alarm service.

Stuart Goodwill, Managing Director of Churchill’s planning consultancy, said: “This is a very positive result and we will now look forward to starting work as soon as possible on this new development which will create a vibrant new community in the heart of Banbury. Retirement housing is the most effective form of residential development for generating local economic growth, supporting local jobs, and increasing high street spend. The new apartments will also help improve the health and wellbeing of those who live there, and meet the housing needs of many older people in Banbury and the surrounding area.”

The new development will meet existing and future need in the local area and will provide these key benefits:

  • Benefits the local economy by around £600,000 per year as its central location encourages residents to shop locally.
  • Supports around 147 local jobs both during and after construction.
  • Allows older people to downsize and free up under occupied houses in the local area for families – we estimate around 156 second hand homes will be released onto the market, helping around 52 first time buyers onto the ladder.
  • Each person living in a retirement property typically experiences reduced health risks, contributing to fiscal savings to local NHS and social care services of c.£3,500 per person per year. The development in Handforth will therefore create total health and social care savings of over £354,000 per year.
  • Provides older people with safety, security and companionship.
  • Provides an attractive, bespoke building which complements the existing streetscape.
  • Reduces the need to travel by car, due to proximity to local facilities.