This garden would have been the car park

These houses would have been demolished

Many trees and hedges would have been cut down

Many of these trees would have gone

McCarthy and Stone's Lilac Court is less than a mile away

McCarthy and Stone's vision - the view from north

The photos above show the site of the proposed development, which is opposite Patcham House School, a couple of hundred yards down the road from the Co-op.  All the houses and most of the trees and mature gardens will be destroyed. McCarthy and Stone shared their current thinking at an exhibition on 27 April. The slideshow on our home page includes three images.  

McCarthy and Stone propose:

44 apartments: 22 one bedroom and 22 two bedroom. The typical service charge and ground rent for a 2 bed flat is £165 - £185 pw (ie up to £9,620 pa). Fees for the Patcham development have not yet been provided. Residents are on average 54% single women, 16% single men and 30% couples.

The accommodation is classed as 'Assisted Living (Extra care)'. This is targeted at people aged 79 to 89 who are classed as having a high level of frailty. The average age on entry is 83. The flats are built to full wheelchair accessibility design standards and are tailored to the specific needs and aspirations of those who require additional support.

The main block is mainly 3 storey and extends the length of the site fronting on to Old London Road - this will be 2 to 3 metres higher than the neighbouring houses. The southernmost end of the building drops to 2 storeys. Extending from the back of this (like the downstroke in the letter T) is a flat-roofed structure that extends the depth of the site. They are considering energy efficiency measures which may include solar panels on this rear roof. South of this building (the current rear garden of number 46) will be residents' gardens and to the north will be the residents' parking (the current rear garden of number 54). Access to the car park will be through an arch in the main block. 

They have identified 51 trees on the site but were not able to confirm how many will be felled.


Features include:

  • Mobility scooter store
  • Laundry
  • Club Lounge
  • Estates Manager
  • Guest suite
  • Therapy room
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Table service restaurant
  • 24 parking spaces. 17 full time equivalent staff. The allocation of spaces between residents, visitors and staff is not clear.
  • 60 solar panels (100 square metres) on rear flat roof

Some of the information that was on show at the exhibition can be seen on their website: