NEW retirement homes could soon be built beside a proposed Wilmslow Police Station.

McCarthy Stone has submitted plans to Cheshire East Council to develop 56 one and two bedroom apartments on land in Hawthorn Street.

A replacement police station is proposed on land to the south of the site and is subject to a separate planning application made by Cheshire Constabulary.

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McCarthy Stone has consultated with the local community on its initial proposals and used the feedback to help shape their plans.

Cheshire East Council’s Local Plan has recognised the need to meet the housing requirements of its growing ageing population.

Ian Wilkins, divisional managing director of McCarthy Stone, said: “Our proposals would help to address a demand for retirement accommodation in the area, providing housing choice for local older people, whilst also freeing up the wider housing market for local families and first-time buyers further down the chain.

“Research shows that every McCarthy Stone apartment sold generates at least two moves further down the housing chain.

“This means a 56-apartment community in Wilmslow, would likely free up at least 112 homes for local people at differing stages of the housing ladder.”

If approved, residents of this development would help to support the town centre.

Independent research has determined that residents of a 56 home McCarthy Stone development would be expected to generate around £430,000 of spending on the local high street.

Mr Wilkins said: “Our residents typically use local shops and services daily and would provide a vital boost to businesses in Wilmslow town centre, helping to support local retail jobs and keep shops open.

“This additional spending can help maintain local outlets from the newsagents and butchers to the bakery, pub, and local café.

“In other words, the shops and community spaces that make up the heart of the local community.

“As recognised in the Local Plan, there is a real need for specialist retirement accommodation in Wilmslow.

“We look forward to working closely with Cheshire East Council to progress these proposals and to address this local need.”