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Homes hope for promenade site

The long-derelict site on the corner of South Promenade and Eastbank Road, St Annes, on which McCarthy and Stone have applied to build 35 retirement homes

The long-derelict site on the corner of South Promenade and Eastbank Road, St Annes, on which McCarthy and Stone have applied to build 35 retirement homes

A long-derelict site on St Annes seafront could be set for a new lease of life with 35 retirement homes.

Developer McCarthy and Stone has revealed proposals for the site of the former Grove Hotel on the corner of South Promenade and Eastbank Road.

The Grove closed as a hotel in the 1990s to be replaced by a care home, also called The Grove, but it was demolished more than a 
decade ago. Since then, the site has been derelict, 
But McCarthy and Stone was this week finalising its plans after consulting local residents and company spokesman Steve Secker said: “We’ve already spent time carefully researching the architecture and character of the local area to ensure what we build is what our customers, as well as the local community, would like to see in St Annes.

“We would like to thank the community for their valuable comments, which have helped shape our final plans.”

McCarthy and Stone has more than 200 retirement home locations across the UK and the company’s proposals have been welcomed by Fylde MP Mark Menzies, who said: “I was pleased to see the company has worked with 
local people.

“There are certain sites in Fylde which are desperate for development and I am always pleased when a derelict piece of land is brought back to life with a scheme right for its local area.

“I’ve always said developers should be encouraged to build on brownfield sites, in spite of any difficulties they may pose, as they are often in locations which are crying out for regeneration.”

 

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