New retirement apartments plan revealed

The site of the Co-operative store, on George Street, could be redeveloped into retirement apartments.
The site of the Co-operative store, on George Street, could be redeveloped into retirement apartments.

A developer of retirement apartments has told the Pocklington Post that it is planning to take over and redevelop the site of a Pocklington supermarket.

The Post recently revealed that the Co-operative store, on George Street, is likely to close later this year and its staff could lose their jobs.

Now the developer McCarthy and Stone is preparing proposals to redevelop the site of the store with retirement living accommodation.

McCarthy and Stone says it is committed to engaging with the local community and will be offering residents the opportunity to meet with the project team to discuss the initial plans for the site. It also says, where possible, the views of the local community will be incorporated into the final scheme.

Steve Secker, regional managing director for McCarthy and Stone (North East Region), explained: “We want to work with local residents to make sure that we bring forward the right proposal for this town centre site. Our plans will improve housing choice for older people by providing a high–quality, attractive development that will help homeowners to retain their independence and better enjoy their retirement.”

According to the developer, there is an identified local need for this form of specialist retirement accommodation across the East Riding.

A spokesperson for Co-operative said: “Our store in Market Street will continue to serve our many customers in Pocklington. The Co-operative is a community retailer, and we are committed to playing an active role in local life, embracing the area’s community spirit.”

Arrangements are currently being made to meet local stakeholders, as well as neighbours of the site, to give them an opportunity to view the early proposals.

This will be followed by a public exhibition, where the wider local community will be able to view the scheme and provide their 
views.