Developer says survey shows public support for apartment plans

Public exhibition of McCarthy & Stone plans, at Poets House, Ely.

Public exhibition of McCarthy & Stone plans, at Poets House, Ely. - Credit: Archant

A housing developer says plans to redevelop an industrial site in Ely into retirement apartments have been welcomed by the public.

McCarthy and Stone unveiled plans to build dozens of new flats on the G&J Pecks site, in Lisle Lane, at a public exhibition held last Thursday.

McCarthy said that 96 people attended the event and, to date, 64 feedback forms have been completed, with 92 per cent of the feedback supporting the plans.

Darren Humphreys, regional managing director at McCarthy and Stone, said: “We are very encouraged by the very high level of supportive feedback we have received from the local community so far regarding our proposal, which will significantly increase local housing choice for older people whilst also improving the character and appearance of this brownfield site.”

McCarthy and Stone is proposing to build 57 retirement apartments, together with car parking and communal facilities, including a restaurant and landscaped gardens.

The development would be staffed around the clock, allowing home-owners access to both personal and domestic assistance.

G&J Pecks, an agricultural supplier, is not closing and plans to relocate to new premises within East Cambridgeshire.

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McCarthy and Stone says it hopes to submit a full planning application later this month.

Residents unable to attend the public exhibition or would like further information, can contact 0800 298 7040. Information about the plans can also be found at