An application to build 53 assisted living flats has been approved.

The development, which was approved by Hertsmere Borough Council's planning committee, by McCarthy and Stone is to redevelop the former Avenir House site, in Studio Way, Borehamwood, and to build 53 assisted living flats.

The scheme will meet a specific need for older people's accommodation in Borehamwood and contribute to the community by increasing housing choice for older people.

Ali Maruf, regional managing director, said: "We are delighted that Hertsmere Borough Council has approved our application in Borehamwood, and believe there is a real need for this type of accommodation in the town.

"The number of residents aged over 65 in South West Hertfordshire is expected to grow by 65 per cent, between 2013 and 2036, and by 60 per cent in those aged between 75-84. It is therefore clear that more retirement accommodation is needed to meet this growing need.

"Our new development in Borehamwood will address a recognised shortfall, whilst providing a high-quality development to enhance the local area.

"In addition, occupants typically looking to ease the burden of maintaining a large property would allow these homes to become available on the market."

The developers believe this proposal helps to meet the needs of older people as the average age of residents moving into their assisted living flats is 83 with the majority of homeowners coming from with one to five miles of their existing homes.

The new development will enable homeowners to live independently in their own home with flexible care and support available on-site 24 hours a day. There will also be a wellness suite, function room, and a restaurant service where meals can be prepared all year round.

Professional landscaping will be provided across the site, as well as 30 off-street car parking spaces for homeowners and visitors.