Plans for new Wichelstowe retirement community take shape

By Barrie Hudson - 3 November 2023

  • An image of the planned development

    An image of the planned development

McCarthy Stone has announced a new retirement community coming soon to Wichelstowe.

The specialist manager and developer of retirement communities with construction set to commence next Summer.

The plans were submitted by the firm and approved by Swindon Borough Council.

The development will consist of 41 privately-owned, low-maintenance one and two-bedroom apartments designed specifically for the over-60s.

Demolition work has already begun at the site, and is set to employ a team of contractors, labourers, and security professionals to deliver the new community on Peglars Way.

The firm say more than 100 local jobs will be created once construction begins, in areas including painting and decorating, electrics and plumbing, and eventually a house manager will be recruited to help support homeowners on-site and oversee the day-to-say running of the development.

Richard Courtney, Construction Manager for the new Wichelstowe site, said: “McCarthy Stone is committed to sourcing its contractors from the local work pool, which will help to provide a boost to the Wichelstowe community and economy. 

“With construction set to begin soon we have already started employing a number of specialists from in and around the area to work on site but are still looking to fill certain roles, and, as the build progresses, we will look to recruit more construction professions.”

Local retirees can now register their interest in the upcoming development, which the firm says will offer contemporary modern apartments combining intelligent, ergonomic design with stylish touches and energy efficient features alongside a range of open communal spaces such as landscaped gardens, a guest suite for visiting friends and family and a shared lounge for social events and activities.

Nicki Beswarick, Divisional Marketing Manager at McCarthy Stone Southern, said: “We are expecting high levels of interest in our forthcoming Wichelstowe development from local retirees who are keen to explore the many benefits of downsizing while also being a part of a connected community.

“McCarthy Stone is committed to designing flexible homes which reflect the character of the neighbourhood, while also allowing people to make the most of their retirement years and live as independently as possible, for as long as possible.  

"We will soon be announcing more details about the development, so now is a good time to get in touch and register interest, to be among the first to receive  updates and invitations.”

The new McCarthy Stone community will be next to the picturesque Wilts and Berks Canal, in an area which has over 200 acres of open space, thousands of trees, 1.5 acres of allotments and over 12 kilometres of walkways and cycle paths, so future homeowners will not only have beautiful views from their apartment, but also have the opportunity to get up close with nature with their choice of picturesque strolls. 

The development will also be conveniently situated close to a range of amenities, including shops, pubs, and restaurants, and for those who want to travel further afield, the Basset Down Complex and Broome Manor golf clubs are just six miles away.  Coate Water Country park is around thee miles away, which offers angling and a welcoming local café to enjoy a bite to eat.

More than nine out of 10 customers would recommend McCarthy Stone to a friend, ensuring it has received the full Five Star award for customer satisfaction from the Home Builders Federation. McCarthy Stone is the only UK housebuilder of any size or type to achieve this rating every year it has taken part in the survey.

For more information about McCarthy Stone and Retirement Living in Wichelstowe, people can call 0800 153 3435 or visit



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