Assisted living gets go ahead

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A DEVELOPER has received planning permission to build 57 assisted living retirement apartments in Bury St Edmunds.

McCarthy & Stone will build the one and two bedroom properties in Northgate Street, opposite Looms Lane, with the first residents expected to move in during summer 2013.

Richard Williams, regional managing director, said: “We’re thrilled to be adding to our property portfolio in Suffolk and introducing McCarthy & Stone’s lifestyle to Bury St Edmunds.

“Assisted living is a completely new offering to the area that will really bridge the gap between our standard retirement living developments and residential care.

“While it will never be a substitute for a nursing home, the additional features and benefits can help postpone or even remove the need to ever consider more formal care arrangements.”

The development will cost more than £6 million to build and will feature wheelchair accessible apartments, domestic assistance and personal care if required.

Staff will be on site 24 hours a day and an on site waitress service restaurant will offer a freshly-prepared hot meal 365 days a year, with food brought to the apartments of anyone who is ill.

There will be a communal lounge for residents to socialise in and a hotel-style guest suite for hire should visiting family and friends need more space.