Plans for 130 new extra care homes have been put forward in the Liverpool City Region.
Housing group Torus is proposing a new apartment complex for older residents as part of a wider St Helens masterplan.
The group purchased a plot of land fronting onto the junction of Atlas Street and Standish Street earlier this year to provide the homes.
Designed by Liverpool-based architect practice Brock Carmichael, which has submitted a planning application on behalf of Torus, the £13 million scheme would incorporate 109 one-bedroom and 21 two-bedroom properties.
A bistro and hairdressers which would be open to the public would also be included, along with associated facilities including extensive landscaped gardens.
Bill Lacey, director of development at Torus, says: “Most developers focus on homes for first time buyers and growing families. Whilst that’s important, and indeed forms a large part of our development programme, we believe that there’s a real need for later life homes too.
“We were looking for something innovatively and sensitively planned and designed; homes developed as communities where older people can live sociable, fulfilling and healthy lives.”
Chris Bolland, managing partner at Brock Carmichael which is also behind the wider masterplan, adds: “The designs included considerations from a sun path analysis as good, natural light is important to health and vitality.
“The Northern and Western part of the site provides private gated gardens including informal seating areas, BBQ positions, and a summer house.
“The perimeter boundary treatment creates a safe and accessible environment for its residents.”
A decision on the plans is expected later this year and a contractor is yet to be announced to deliver the development.