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Councillors support call for ‘pay parking’ in central Bradley Stoke

Posted on Monday 2nd June 2014 at 10:34 am by SH (Editor)

Vacant land at Savages Wood Road, Bradley Stoke.

Bradley Stoke Town Council has agreed to investigate an option for providing ‘pay car parking’ in the centre of Bradley Stoke after being approached by residents of the Brook Court ‘later living’ apartment complex, where there is an acknowledged shortage of parking spaces.

Roger Grimshaw, secretary of the residents’ association at Brook Court, originally approached the town council back in January, pointing out that there are only 18 spaces available for the 50 apartments at the Savages Wood site.

Concerns about inadequate parking at the development were raised by town councillors and local residents at the planning application stage, but these were dismissed by McCarthy & Stone (the developers) and South Gloucestershire Council who claimed that the close proximity of local services and the elderly nature of the residents would result in a low level of car ownership.

But with 16 residents said to be on a waiting list for reserved parking spaces at Brook Court, McCarthy & Stone has now admitted underestimating demand, saying it had “bucked the trend” for its developments across the country. In a letter to the town council, the company said it was “disappointed with the outcome at Brook Court” and, as a consequence, has enhanced the number of parking spaces being provided at two newer schemes in Yate and Chipping Sodbury.

Although a number of residents of Brook Court are currently receiving financial assistance to rent spaces in the car park of the nearby Three Brooks public house, this help is expected to be withdrawn next summer.

Speaking at the May meeting of the town council’s Planning Committee, Mr Grimshaw once again asked if the council could in any way support the concept of ‘pay parking’ in Bradley Stoke and asked if the vacant piece of land opposite the Tesco filling station might be used for this purpose.

More: Councillors ask SGC to "consider using the site constructively" »

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Brook Court residents appeal to council for help in solving parking crisis

Posted on Monday 10th February 2014 at 10:45 am by SH (Editor)

Brook Court residents David Tovey (left) and Roger Grimshaw.

Residents of an apartment complex in Bradley Stoke, who claim they have been provided with only half the number of car parking spaces than are actually needed, have appealed to the town council for help.

Representatives of the residents’ association at Brook Court, a 50-unit ‘later living’ development recently constructed on Savages Wood Road, near the Three Brooks public house, told councillors at the January Planning Committee meeting that the 18 spaces provided at the site are “inadequate”, meaning that many residents and visitors are forced to seek parking space elsewhere.

Roger Grimshaw, secretary of the association, explained that the problem had become worse since the nearby Willow Brook shopping centre had imposed a four-and-a-half hour restriction on parking.

He added that there are currently 16 residents on a waiting list for reserved parking spaces at Brook Court and said there was concern that the shortage of spaces might make the apartments less attractive to potential buyers when the owners come to sell.

David Tovey, chairman of the association, said that despite having one of the reserved spaces himself, he often had to drive round neighbouring residential streets to find a parking space when he has visitors, having allowed them to use his allocated on-site space.

Concerns about inadequate parking at the development were raised by local residents at the planning application stage in 2011, but these were dismissed by McCarthy & Stone (the developers) and South Gloucestershire Council who claimed that the close proximity of local services and the elderly nature of the development’s residents would result in a low level of car ownership.

However, Mr Grimshaw pointed out that the complex had been marketed as being for ‘later living’ rather than ‘assisted living’ and therefore it should have been anticipated that levels of car ownership would be higher.

More: Council asked to help find land for off-site parking »

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Merlin builds affordable homes for older people

Posted on Thursday 9th August 2012 at 6:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Merlin Housing Society's development of affordable housing in Bradley Stoke.

A £1.8M development being built in Bradley Stoke will boost the availability of affordable homes for older people wanting to live in the area. Merlin Housing Society is working in partnership with developers McCarthy & Stone, to provide 24 purpose built flats right in the heart of the community.

Ian Matthews, Merlin’s Chief Executive, said:

“We’re delighted to be building new homes. Affordable housing is in short supply and we hope these properties will help ease demand.”

“This development will see us own and manage properties in Bradley Stoke – an area with high demand for older people’s housing – for the first time. And we’ve got plans to continue to invest in building more new homes over next five years.”

Due for completion in January 2013, the development includes 24 purpose built flats, with communal facilities and external gardens. The site sits in the heart of the Bradley Stoke, and being adjacent to the Willow Brook Centre, is in an ideal position for accessing local amenities.

Designed specifically with the needs of older people in mind, the development will be constructed to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, Lifetime Homes and Secured By Design standards.

The society is taking forward McCarthy & Stone’s Section 106 affordable housing element as set out by South Gloucestershire Council, which requires 33% of new development to be made available for affordable tenures.

The homes will be available through HomeChoice, South Gloucestershire Council’s choice based lettings scheme.

More: McCarthy & Stone apartments for sale now »

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Information day for Bradley Stoke retirement development

Posted on Monday 18th June 2012 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Artist's impression of the new McCarthy & Stone development in Bradley Stoke.

[Advertising Feature] The UK’s leading retirement developer, McCarthy & Stone, is holding a special information day later this month, to offer anyone over the age of 60 the opportunity to find out more about its forthcoming Later Living development, Brook Court in Bradley Stoke.

With construction already well underway at the Savages Wood Road site, McCarthy & Stone is inviting interested parties to attend the nearby Bradley Stoke Jubilee Centre on Savages Wood Road [BS32 8HL, map], on Monday 25th June, where presentations will take place at 1pm and 3pm.

At the event, visitors will be able to hear all about the plans for the new development ahead of its completion in November 2012. A dedicated Professional Advisor will also be on hand to discuss the properties and lifestyles being offered, as well as the moving options available.

Anyone at the event wishing to find out more about the plans, prices and reserving off plan will be able to make a follow-up appointment. Visitors will also be able to find out about McCarthy & Stone’s Moving Experience package, where the purchaser can have the cost of estate agent and solicitors’ fees covered by the retirement developer – terms and conditions apply. And, in order to help with the day of the move, a free decluttering and removal service can be arranged, which includes packing and unpacking belongings.

For more information about the event, or to book a place at one of the presentations, please call our Professional Advisor, Terry-Ann, on 01594 842101 or alternatively log on to www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk.

A typical residents' lounge within a McCarthy & Stone retirement development. A typical apartment lounge within a McCarthy & Stone retirement development. A typical apartment bedroom within a McCarthy & Stone retirement development.

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