McCarthy Stone Midlands Division has secured full planning permission for a retirement development in Hampton, Peterborough.

The proposal, starting in just 14 weeks, transforms a long-vacant 0.37-hectare brownfield site into a community space overlooking Serpentine Lake.

The architects, BM3 Architects have created a plan aiming to deliver four to six-story building featuring 60 one and two-bedroom apartments, specially designed for Retirement Living.

This project will offer residents not only comfortable living spaces but also a range of communal facilities, including a unique lounge and a rooftop terrace on the fourth floor, providing views of the lake.

The site, which has remained vacant for approximately two decades, is nestled by Serpentine Lake and is accessed through Lakeview Way.

Entry is planned via Lakeview Way, with residents benefiting from a dedicated pedestrian access leading to nearby amenities.

McCarthy Stone’s commitment to age-appropriate housing is evident in the age-restricted provision (60 years or over), accommodating couples with occupants over 55. The development also addresses mobility needs, with dedicated parking spaces, secure storage for mobility aids and bicycles, and specific internal corridors for easy mobility scooter usage.

Landscaping plays a role in the project, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the surroundings. A new public footpath along the lakeside edge is proposed, providing both residents and the public with a scenic route and contributing to the community’s connectivity.

The initiative includes earthworks that will integrate the building’s ground floor with the natural topography, ensuring a blend with the environment.

This project not only addresses the housing needs of the aging population but also contributes to the revitalisation of a vacant brownfield site, setting the stage for a community hub overlooking Serpentine Lake in Hampton, Peterborough.

© Eastern Echo (powered by

Sign up to receive our weekly free journal, The Forum here.