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Plans for £35m Longbridge retirement village

Retirees looking to settle in Longbridge, Birmingham, could find their future home in a development by the ExtraCare Charitable Trust.

Samantha Orluta
Samantha Orluta

Retirees looking to settle in Longbridge, Birmingham, could find their future home in a development by the ExtraCare Charitable Trust.

The social housing company has successfully completed two site acquisitions for retirement villages – one in Birmingham’s own former ‘‘motorcity’’ and the other at Wixams in Bedford.

Each village will cost in the region of £35 million to build and will provide luxury apartment living for the over-55s.

They will feature an impressive community hub with a fitness centre , café bistro, IT suite, greenhouse, craft and hobby room, shop, restaurant, health suite, beauty salon and wellbeing centre.

As extra-care facilities, the villages will also extend a complete range of social and health care services to residents who require such support.

Samantha Orluta, partner and social housing specialist at Shakespeares law firm, who has acted for ExtraCare Charitable Trust on these acquisitions and four previous ones, said: “There has been a marked increase in demand for extra-care accommodation that aims to cater for older people who want to live independently but with the option of tailored support should they need it.

“This demand is still out-stripping supply in many areas of the country and local authorities and housing associations are aiming to address this in the near future.

“The current shortage of extra-care schemes and their appeal compared to other types of retirement accommodation, means interest in the villages planned for Longbridge and Wixams is already very high.”

 

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