Bryneithen site

Planning application submitted for retirement housing

PLANNING permission has been submitted to build retirement housing.

Property company, Portabella has put forward the application for the site of the former Bryneithen home in Dinas Powys.

The Vale council undertook a consultation on the future of the site following the closure of the home in 2013.

As a result, part of the land was transferred to St Andrew’s primary school and the remainder marketed for uses to benefit older people in the Vale.

Gareth Carter, director at Savills Cardiff office, who are acting on behalf of the council, said: “We were tasked by the local authority to seek proposals for the site based on an occupancy restriction for the over 50s, and of course to maximise the value of the land for the council.

“Portabella’s interesting and comparatively low-density scheme appealed to our clients and we look forward to seeing the development progress.”

David Loosemore, managing director of Portabella said: “Where some developers may have been concerned about an age-related occupancy restriction, we have looked upon it as a positive thing.

“It’s true that ‘Retirement Housing’ has become stigmatised by rather formulaic, warden-assisted, unexciting and bland developments which quite frankly are great if you’re 80-years-old but are light years away from what you want if you’re 55.

“We think there’s a real opportunity here to create a community of like-minded empty nesters whose lifestyle is such that they would welcome a low maintenance, efficient home within a high quality development in a sought after location.

“There are lots of people living in houses that have become too large and it is often commented that one of the biggest constraints on the housing market currently is a shortage of supply.

“There are many homeowners occupying houses which are now too large but whose criteria for their next homes are not being satisfied by current developments. We’re aiming to create properties for the over 50’s and we’re excited by the prospect of what we believe we can deliver.”

Portabella expects to hear the outcome of the application in three months and, if successful, work will commence immediately which is expected to take 12 months.

Cllr Stuart Egan, cabinet member for Social Services and Older People’s Champion for the Vale, said:

“When we spoke to local residents and older people in the Vale they made it clear that they wished for the site to continue to serve the needs of older people. This is what we are striving to deliver on this site, while also raising much needed income that will be used to provide care and support for those who need it.”

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