Tetbury could be "retirement capital of the Cotswolds" after plans for large retirement village are unveiled

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Tetbury could be "retirement capital of the Cotswolds" after plans for large retirement village are unveiled Tetbury could be "retirement capital of the Cotswolds" after plans for large retirement village are unveiled

THE former mayor of Tetbury has stated that the town could become “the retirement capital of the Cotswolds” after plans for an ambitious new development have been revealed.

Cllr Stephen Hirst made the remarks following the unveiling of Pegasus Life’s proposals to knock down a factory on the edge of Tetbury an build 112 care units, along with a couple of homes for managers.

“Across the road there is also a separate plan for another hundred or so retirement homes and Tetbury is fast becoming the retirement capital of the Cotswolds, some may think that’s acceptable, others not,” he said.

“The question is whether Tetbury has sort of facilities and attractions for retired folk to want to move here. What is does have is a hospital and all those new houses will really make that even more viable.”

The current owners of the development site, vending machine producer Autonumis, which employs more than 100 people, will be relocating to an industrial estate on a former RAG base as Aston Down.

The new ‘care village’ is based largely around an American model that gives older people the independence of their own home coupled with the comfort of a safe environment.

A spokesman for Pegasus Life said: “The apartments will be age restricted and comprise 27 one-bedroom apartments and 85 two-bedroom apartments.

“Within the central core of the site will be a reception and management suite at ground level and village hall with hub facilities for use by the care village’s residents.”

The plans also give details of an outdoor ‘swimming pond’ in the centre of the retirement complex.

Tetbury has become well-known throughout the Cotswolds in recent months for its huge planning battles.

After gaining planning permission, more than 550 new homes have been earmarked for land on the outskirts of the town.

For more information on the plans, visit www.pegasuslife.co.uk.

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12:08am Tue 18 Feb 14

Not Postman Pat says...

It was not so many years ago that the town was engulfed by the people of the Home Counties and other non-locals forcing house prices to soar and then trying to instill their values in a place that had managed quite well for centuries.
The Tetburians and Cotswoldians have as long as I can remember looked after their own and the elderly who have settled there.
Those same outsiders who infiltrated the corridors of power and now that they have assumed it now wish to pull up the ladder from this particular life raft, tough luck sunshine, you've made your bed now lie in it.
It was not so many years ago that the town was engulfed by the people of the Home Counties and other non-locals forcing house prices to soar and then trying to instill their values in a place that had managed quite well for centuries. The Tetburians and Cotswoldians have as long as I can remember looked after their own and the elderly who have settled there. Those same outsiders who infiltrated the corridors of power and now that they have assumed it now wish to pull up the ladder from this particular life raft, tough luck sunshine, you've made your bed now lie in it. Not Postman Pat
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11:15pm Wed 19 Feb 14

JGH says...

So all those meetings that incurred expenses by the councillors discussing planning issues appears to have been a total waste of money.
It's only a matter of months before they'll be back around knocking at your door (the first time you'll have seen them since the last election) asking you to vote for them because they can do a better job than anyone else...really?
So all those meetings that incurred expenses by the councillors discussing planning issues appears to have been a total waste of money. It's only a matter of months before they'll be back around knocking at your door (the first time you'll have seen them since the last election) asking you to vote for them because they can do a better job than anyone else...really? JGH
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