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Pickering retirement scheme gets green light
A RETIREMENT village scheme has been approved for Pickering and a decision on another has been deferred by councillors after objections from people in the town.
Plans for a retirement development on the North Riding Garages site in Eastgate were given the go-head by the council’s planning committee last week, while a larger scheme put forward by Methodist Homes was deferred until councillors could visit the site.
The Eastgate plans were a smaller version of an earlier scheme already approved by a planning inspector in 2007, Gary Housden, head of planning told the meeting.
Developers McCarthy and Stone want to build 24 one-bed and 17 two-bed retirement apartments.
Meanwhile a decision on a larger scheme for fields in Malton Road, south of Pickering, was deferred until committee members could visit the site. The charity Methodist Homes wants to build 168 assisted living units and community facilities on the 4.37-hectare site.
The town council and Pickering Civic Society both objected to the scheme, saying it would cause more traffic issues, change the demographic of Pickering, put a strain on medical facilities in the town, and destroy valuable landscape.
Council officials had supported the plans, saying the scheme should meet local need rather than “importing” elderly people into Pickering.
But after the objections from town people, councillors voted for site visit and will decide the fate of the plans once they have seen the site first hand on August 13.
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