Proposals have been tabled to turn former Wiltshire College buildings into retirement flats.

The site contains two former education buildings, one fronting Cocklebury Road, and a building to the junction of Sadlers Mead.

Both buildings are now largely disused, however, the site is still used as a car park.

If approved, there would be 113 self-contained units specifically designed for the elderly: McCarthy Stone’s plans propose to introduce 44 retirement apartments for those aged over 60, to encourage independent living, while Anchor’s plans propose 69 retirement units with flexible care provision available and enhanced community facilities.

Anchor's plans are for 28 one-bedroom and 41 two-bedroom apartments. 

The scheme also includes communal facilities in the form of a homeowners' lounge, guest suite, internal refuse room and a mobility scooter store.

They say housing for the older population is "much needed", and that these plans will bring the land into "more beneficial use". 

They add that it will also boost the local economy through the spending power of the potential residents. 

McCarthy Stone say local site accessibility is good, and the site is located within walking distance of Chippenham town centre.

Its location adjacent to the Railway Station means for frequent and direct bus services to both Warminster town centre and Warminster Hospital, with a number of bus stops close to the site. The railway station is also close to the site.

The planning documents add: "The proposals will provide modern and pleasant accommodation for senior residents in a desirable location, being a major gateway to the Chippenham town centre.

"Located in Chippenham conservation area, the site highlights merit of heritage which has a positive impact to the streetscape."

The design of the site also promotes pedestrian access with mobility scooter store located in close proximity to Cocklebury Road. Electrical charging points are offered on the ground floor, ensuring level pedestrian access for residents is accommodated. 

The existing building will be demolished.

The applicants conclude: "The redevelopment of this site would provide for much needed specialised accommodation within an urban location therefore, helping to prevent new housing on greenfield land.  

"The proposed development represents a sustainable development, with social and planning benefits, both for potential residents and the community as a whole. "

To view the plans in full, click here.