Planning team success as Scone retirement scheme gets
BIDWELLS’ Head of Planning in Scotland, Mark Myles, welcomed the decision today by Perth & Kinross Council’s Planning and Development Management Committee to approve a planning application for 51 retirement living apartments on the site of the former Wheel Inn, Scone.
An architect's impression of the retirement apartments in Scone.
Mr Myles, the planning agent for applicants Juniper Residential Ltd, said the planning process had taken 10 months and included engagement with the local community, interested local groups and ongoing liaison with key consultees and PKC’s planning officials.
“I’m delighted to say at this morning’s Perth & Kinross Council’s Planning & Development Management Committee, the councillors agreed (by nine votes to two) to approve the planning application for the erection of 51 retirement living apartments on the site of the former Wheel Inn, Scone by Perth.
“The scheme will provide 38 private and 13 affordable apartments. There is a proven need for this type of residential provision for the over 55’s to address a current and an anticipated shortage of such accommodation in the future particularly within this area.
“The development will enable older people to maintain independence in the local community and independent research has demonstrated that sheltered retirement housing offers a substantial improvement in health, a reduction in the volume of care and support required and a greater sense of security and well-being derived from a more social and communal living experience. Consequently such development reduces pressure on local health care services.”