March 2017: Planning permission for a development of 74 luxury retirement apartments, along with a health and wellbeing suite and riverside café, has been granted by Bath and North East Somerset Council. Submitted by specialist retirement property developer, PegasusLife, the plans also involve the demolition of a former, and now vacant, garage and car dealership on Upper Bristol Road to make way for the development.
A stone’s throw from the botanical gardens and Bath’s iconic Royal Crescent, the development also backs onto the River Avon. Plans include a mixture of one, two and ‘2+’ bedroom apartments and car parking. The social and wellbeing spaces – a pivotal part of any PegasusLife development – include a wellness centre, a communal lounge and guest suites as well as a café. The café will be open to the public as well as to residents and their guests, to make the Bath development a part of the local community and to encourage social interaction.
Howard Phillips, CEO of PegasusLife, commented:
“Having secured planning permission, we now want to concentrate on building well-designed homes for the local retirement community in Bath. The UK is in the midst of a housing crisis and to address it requires developers, planners and councils to work together to meet the needs of everyone who needs a suitable home and that includes those over sixty.
“With plans for a thriving social hub, we hope that this development can help combat the growing problem of loneliness, an issue that can have a severe effect on an older person’s health and wellbeing. Having a cafe onsite that is open to the public will ensure our development - and the people who live there - are very much a part of this vibrant city and its community”.
PegasusLife works with industry leading partners to deliver its developments. The project team for Bath includes Barton Willmore (planning consultant), architects Allies & Morrison and Landscape Architects Camlins. PegasusLife offers all homes on a 1000-year lease and will not charge customers exit fees. Property management is provided on a not-for-profit basis.