Quantum has achieved planning consent to give a new lease of life to a derelict site on one of Salisbury’s main city gateways, with plans for the first phase of its redevelopment receiving overwhelming support from both councillors and the public.

Quantum acquired the six acre Old Manor site in 2014 and since then has been working on detailed plans to build up to 350 retirement living flats for the over 55s, along with a hotel, shops, places to eat and other services.

On the 7th April 2016, phase one of the plans received planning permission at the Southern Area Planning Committee. This initial phase will include 71 retirement living apartments, a 422sqm convenience store, a cafe and communal facilities. The apartments will be marketed under Quantum’s new retirement living brand, Platinum Skies.

The scheme approval comes after months of dialogue and consideration from Quantum’s community engagement and planning teams, in close collaboration with a huge range of stakeholders, local residents, businesses and the council.

At the meeting, Steve Godwin from the city’s Business Improvement District said the development would dramatically improve one of the main gateways into the city and provide increased trade for local businesses.

Wilton Road resident Robert Sykes, a lawyer in Salisbury for 35 years, added: “The regeneration of this derelict brownfield site with its remaining elegant buildings and some fine trees and green space can only be of benefit to the city. It also provides what Salisbury actually needs – I’ve acted for older people all my working life and increasingly as people live longer and stay active there is a real need for a comfortable, spacious, supportive and affordable place.”

Cllr Matthew Dean, a ward councillor for the area, said: “Most residents tell me as we face such a shortage of all types of housing accommodation in the city, the possibility of this site coming forward for residential dwellings for older people will release quite a large amount of family housing across the city.”

This planning consent is the start of a long journey, with further phases planned. Work on the first phase will start in early summer, with the planning application for phase two also set to be submitted over the coming months.

To find out more about Platinum Skies developments visit www.platinumskies.co.uk