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Oakfield Rec plans officially submitted

Plans to redevelop Rugby's Oakfield Rec have been submitted.

Retirement housebuilder McCarthy and Stone's looking to put properties on the popular greenspace.

Local people have long campaigned against any development of the site - and want the area opened back up.

McCarhty and Stone say their plans for an "Extra Care Retirement Village" are much needed.

Their statement says, " The plans will provide part of the site as public open space. The open space has been increased in
size from 22% of the total area to 29% following local feedback received during the pre-application consultation with the community. The open space would include a dedicated children’s play area, including a LEAP (Local Equipped Area for Play). The plans will also secure the long-term future of the adjacent bowls club and propose significant financial contributions towards improving existing sporting facilities within the local area.

"The Extra Care accommodation proposed will deliver 62 Extra Care apartments and 14 Extra Care bungalows, creating a new Extra Care retirement village for older homeowners. If approved, the plans will significantly improve the housing choices available for local older people and create 17 new full time equivalent jobs through the on-site care, catering and maintenance staff.

"The development would provide car parking for homeowners, staff and visitors, together with the introduction of extensive new landscaping, including new tree planting along Bilton Road.

"The design proposed draws inspiration from local architectural styles, including brick, render and traditional gables. The design of the Extra Care apartment building along the site’s frontage has been carefully considered to appear as a series of individual buildings, to create an attractive residential frontage along Bilton Road.

"Prior to submitting its plans, McCarthy and Stone and YourLife consulted with the local community, including inviting over 2,000 homes to a public exhibition, held in November 2017, which was attended by 55 local people. Following the local feedback received, the preliminary plans were amended and improved to:
• Increase the size of the on-site open space from 22% to 29% of the overall site
• Reduce the number of bungalows proposed and improve the layout, which has reduced the
level of developable space required and resulted in increased open space provision
• Improve the design of the apartment building, including the introduction of render
• Incorporate a Local Equipped Area for Play (LEAP)"

Martin Edwards, Deputy Regional Managing Director at McCarthy and Stone West Midlands said:

“Our plans offer an important opportunity to significantly improve local housing choice, delivering much needed Extra Care accommodation, including bungalows, for older homeowners who wish to
retain their independence in their own home, with access to help and support when needed 24hrs a day. The site is very well-located for Extra Care accommodation, close to the town centre.”
“Our plans will also deliver community benefits by providing part of the site as public open, which has been increased in size following a review of local feedback. We are also proposing financial contributions towards improving existing, nearby sporting facilities.”

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