ASSISTED LIVING: Plans for 80 new apartments in Upton
The site on Moreton Road, Upton, Image: JDA Architects
Three homes are set to be demolished and replaced by 80 flats in Wirral.
The plan, put forward by H21 and MBE Construction, will see new apartments built for assisted living on Moreton Road in Upton, Wirral.
This type of home allows older people to continue living independently, with on-site care available to support their needs.
The apartment block will be a three/four storey building, and will be made up of 55 one-bedroom apartments and 25 two-bedroom apartments.
The design and access statement, put together by JDA Architects, made the case for the plan going ahead.
It read: “Evidence from around the country has shown that extra care (or assisted living) has facilitated a more fulfilling lifestyle for older people with the benefits of reduced social isolation and the consequent improvement in mental and physical wellbeing.”
The planning statement, written by Barton Willmore LLP, also suggests that more accommodation of this kind is needed in Wirral, as was identified last year in research undertaken by Wirral Council.
The local authority’s studies concluded that there is a need for an additional 2,799 units of “specialist older persons accommodation” and 1,330 units of residential care in the borough by 2035.
The statement added that there will be a salon, a communal lounge and a guest suite for visitors, so that residents can easily interact with guests and each other.
The document added that the Moreton Road site is located near to Upton village centre, which is “easily accessible” for residents, including those using mobility scooters.
There are also several doctor’s surgeries and pharmacies, as well as public transport facilities, nearby.
The proposal would result in the loss of a number of trees, but the planning statement said these trees are of “poor quality”.
However, “high value healthy trees” will be retained.
The document added: “While there has been some loss of trees this has been mitigated by the retention of key trees on the Moreton Road frontage and the planting of new trees as part of the proposed landscaping scheme.
Wirral Council must now review the proposal and decide whether to accept or reject it.
Words: George Morgan, Local Democracy Reporter
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