McCarthy & Stone less than happy with planning policies
After a series of unsuccesful planning applications, retirement housing builder McCarthy & Stone says many local authorities are ignoring the needs of elderly people in local plans. The company’s deputy chairman, Keith Lovelock, said that, while 21 per cent of the population were over the age of 60, only six per cent of authorities had a housing strategy for older people. “Most authorities are preoccupied with affordable social housing,” Mr Lovelock said. In its half-yearly report, McCarthy & Stone said nine retirement housing projects out of 22 recommended for approval by planning officers had been subsequently rejected by planning committee members. However, the company had won five out of six appeals during the period, gaining planning consent for 25 projects representing 1,180 housing units. McCarthy & Stone’s pre-tax profit for the period rose by Â£17.6m to Â£39.7m.