Retirement home provider Beechcroft Developments has applied to build 95 assisted living units and a 75-bed care home in Beaconsfield.

Beechcroft has applied to Buckinghamshire Council to build on a 2.2-hectare site at Wilton Park off Gorrell Road, a former Defence School of Languages. It is part of a bigger development of 350 homes.

The assisted living units will be in four blocks of terraced properties of between two and a half and three storeys, each unit having two bedrooms. The care home will be three-storey and there will be a single-storey residents’ lounge.

The scheme includes 140 parking spaces.

The site is within the Green Belt and planning consultant Pegasus has argued the scheme meets the required ‘very special circumstances’ threshold through:

  • Substantial unmet need for specialist housing for older persons
  • Health and wellbeing benefits
  • Cost savings to health and social care
  • Economic benefits
  • Provision of housing to address the substantial shortfall in housing land supply
  • Release of under-occupied dwellings
  • The absence of a plan-led solution
  • The absence of alternatives
  • The contribution that the site makes to the purposes of the Green Belt

The scheme was designed by Fluid Architecture.


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