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McCarthy and Stone unveil plans for retirement homes at former abbatoir site in Stalham

A computer generated image of the proposed development in Stalham. Picture: The Remarkable Group

A computer generated image of the proposed development in Stalham. Picture: The Remarkable Group

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Living in a retirement bungalow or apartment on a former abattoir site may not be for everyone.

The former abattoir site in Stalham could be redeveloped. Picture: The Remarkable Group The former abattoir site in Stalham could be redeveloped. Picture: The Remarkable Group

But residents in Stalham and the surrounding area can find out more about the proposals for 43 new homes next week.

Housebuilder McCarthy and Stone wants to redevelop the site off Old Market Road, with what it describes as “high-quality, age exclusive Retirement Living bungalows and apartments” for private sale.

The proposals will be on show at Stalham Baptist church hall in the High Street on Wednesday, August 9, between 3pm and 7pm.

The site, which is comprised of a number of disused industrial buildings and a single bungalow, has been identified as a site for development in North Norfolk District Council’s Local Plan.

The former abbatoir site in Stalham could be developed. Picture: The Remarkable Group The former abbatoir site in Stalham could be developed. Picture: The Remarkable Group

Despite efforts to market the land for commercial use, the site has stood empty for the past 10 years.

McCarthy and Stone is drawing up plans to redevelop it with 12 Retirement Living bungalows and 30 Retirement Living apartments. The proposals feature communal facilities, including a homeowners’ lounge, landscaped gardens and on-site car parking spaces.

Matt Wills, regional managing director of McCarthy and Stone, said: “We look forward to displaying our draft proposals to the local community and our future homeowners before we finalise our planning application. Our project team will be on hand at the public exhibition to answer questions and listen to feedback on what we have done so far.

“This proposal provides an important opportunity to positively regenerate a site that has now lain vacant for a decade with accommodation to meet a growing housing need in the district. The development would also provide a significant boost to local businesses, shops and services in Stalham.”

Local opinion appears to be divided on the plans for the former abbatoir site. Some residents have argued it will tidy up an eyesore, while another described the proposals as “unpleasant”.

Iris Clark said: “I suppose it would at least look better. Eyesore at the moment, just like the unused land at the top of the street.” But Averil Side said: “Wouldn’t want to live there - yuck.”

Stalham Town councillor Maggie Baker said: “We would like to see the site redeveloped.”

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