New plans for 23 retirement flats

Artist's impression.
Artist's impression.

Plans for a new retirement development in Bearsden have been submitted to East Dunbartonshire Council.

Developers McCarthy & Stone plan to develop a site at the corner of Canniesburn Drive and Switchback Road, presently occupied by a large residential property.

This would be replaced by 23 two-bedroom apartments exclusively for people aged 55 and over.

according to the developers, the proposed development would be built to a high specification and designed to complement the characteristics and mix of the surrounding architecture.

McCarthy & Stone says the building would be set within attractive landscaped gardens with as many trees as possible retained at the site to ensure the development is screened from the road and to maximise privacy for homeowners. Vehicle access would be from Canniesburn Drive.

Efforts have also been made to minimise the scale of the development and ensure that the height of the building is below that of the adjacent care home.

Steve Wiseman, Managing Director of McCarthy & Stone in Scotland, said: “McCarthy & Stone prides itself in individually designing developments to meet the needs of homeowners while reflecting the character of the surrounding area.

“We believe our proposal will deliver much needed retirement housing, helping people to downsize locally and releasing larger family homes back onto the housing market.

“Our developments are also proven to deliver a wide range of social and economic benefits, helping to invest in and sustain local shops and services.”

McCarthy & Stone provides more than 4,500 homes in Scotland for owner occupiers. The average age of a homeowner is 75.

If the application is successful, this will be the first McCarthy & Stone development in Bearsden.

East Dunbartonshire Council is to consider the application in the forthcoming months.

For more about McCarthy & Stone, visit www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk or call 0800 201 4811.