Churchill Retirement Living takes ‘different approach’ with £30m project

Artist’s impression of the Churchill development

Churchill Retirement Living has unveiled its £30m plans to regenerate a former gas works site in Christchurch, Dorset.

The development will comprise around 170 homes, with a mixture of retirement living, open market homes and affordable housing. The developer has been working with adjoining landowners and BCP Council to develop plans.

Churchill has a retirement housing development in the town called Priory Lodge, which sold out in 2017. It said one of its retirement developments results in 90 moves further down the housing chain, and for every three older people moving into a property two first-time buyer homes are freed up down the chain.

‘This is a very different approach for Churchill and one of our most ambitious and exciting redevelopment projects to date,’ said Spencer J McCarthy, Churchill’s chair and chief executive.

‘By delivering a mix of different housing types we are looking to transform the old gasworks site into an attractive new community for people of all ages, which in turn will create hundreds of new jobs, boost the local economy and support the local high street. We will also be investing hundreds of thousands of pounds in site clean-up and remediation of the old gasworks, as well as local infrastructure improvement and measures to ensure the long-term sustainability of the site.’

Cllr Nigel Brooks, BCP Council cabinet and member for Christchurch Regeneration, added: ‘When taken together with the former Christchurch civic offices site next door, the whole area has an exceptional opportunity to create a desirable and vibrant ‘quarter’ to this part of historic Christchurch.’

Churchill’s in-house design, technical and construction teams will develop the project, with work planned to begin in late 2023 and the first homes available in mid-2025.

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