Plans have been submitted to demolish a popular butcher’s shop and restaurant to make way for a huge retirement village.
Documents presented to the town hall reveal details of a scheme to bulldoze the entire site of popular fine-foods emporium Chadwick’s in High Street, Standish, and redevelop the land into bespoke, high-quality living for the town’s retirees.
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If given the green light, the proposals would create accommodation for older people in the community.
If approved, the redevelopment will see the site transformed into around 31 retirement living and 61 one and two-bedroom retirement living complete with on-site parking and landscaped gardens.
Ian Wilkins, divisional managing director (North) at McCarthy & Stone, said: “We are delighted with our submitted plans and we believe Retirement Living and Retirement Living PLUS (Extra Care) accommodation will improve the range of local accommodation in Standish, whilst freeing up larger family homes elsewhere.
“This type of accommodation is much-needed in Standish and we are grateful for the feedback received.”
A public exhibition was held in late November at the nearby Britannia Hotel, and was attended by around 65 residents, stakeholders and businesses.
McCarthy & Stone said it had received “a good level of support so far”, including numerous sales enquiries if the redevelopment off High Street is approved.
When the plans were first mooted late last year, managing director John Chadwick said: “Generations of Chadwicks have served the Standish community since 1761 and we have been extremely proud to be part of the community.
“However, we feel the time has come to start a new chapter in our life, and are currently exploring the possibility of other sites in the area.”
“We are pleased to be working with McCarthy and Stone to take forward this site into the future.”
No confirmation was given about when Chadwick’s would be closing.
Members of the public can view the plans at www.wigan.gov.uk using the application number: A/18/86437/MAJOR