Views sought on plans for old YMCA site

RESIDENTS will have a chance to view altered proposals to turn an old YMCA building in Whitley Bay into retirement housing.

A public exhibition will be held by McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles Ltd on Wednesday, January 26, to show its plans for the site in Grosvenor Drive.

The event will take place at St Paul’s Church in Park View between 4pm and 7.30pm.

McCarthy & Stone’s previous planning application for category II sheltered housing accommodation on the site was refused by North Tyneside Council in 2006.

However, the company has now put forward a new proposal, hoping to take into account previous comments and concerns.

The company is proposing to create 25 one and two-bedroom apartments – a reduction from the previous application of 34 units – specifically designed for older people.

The development would also include communal facilities, including a large residents’ lounge with kitchen, a laundry room, guest suite, an office for the house manager and landscaped communal gardens.

It would have its own parking spaces, the majority of which would sit to the north of the site, with a parking ratio of 50 per cent.

This would include separate spaces for visitor, disabled and an ambulance bay, which the company says will reduce the impact of parking on local roads.

A spokesperson for McCarthy & Stone said: “The revised proposals would see the development positioned further away from neighbouring properties with a smaller footprint than the previous application.

“McCarthy & Stone is keen to benefit the local community with the removal of a defunct, vacant building and transform the site with something more suitable for a residential environment..”