New Year Heralds Swift Start for Second Retirement Village

14 January 2010

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust confirmed that construction work on Milton Keynes' second retirement village would be off to a swift start this month after contracts were signed to hand over the scheme's ten acre site in Shenley Woods.

New year heralds

The second scheme follows the success of ExtraCare's Lovat Fields Village in Willen which now has a waiting list of over 200 applicants.

ExtraCare confirmed that with planning approval now in place and building contractors, Inspace, already preparing the site, the first 184 Shenley Village homes would be open by winter 2011. A further 166 homes are planned as part of a second phase.

With support from Milton Keynes Council and Milton Keynes Partnership the Village has also received £4.85m from the Homes and Communities Agency and a further £3.5m from The Department of Health.

ExtraCare is establishing a £1.2m appeal to fund 18 health and leisure facilities in the heart of the Shenley Woods scheme, responding to the popularity of Lovat Fields' Village Centre which already provides social and active opportunities for 500 older residents and their families and friends.

John Payne, Partnership Director at ExtraCare, comments: "Lovat Fields offers older people support and security at an affordable cost and has become a social hub for older people and the community. With Lovat Fields successfully established, the backing of a forward-thinking Council and secure partnership funding in place we are ready to move forward and satisfy the demand for this second Village."

David Hill, Chief Executive of Milton Keynes Council, comments: "The first ExtraCare village, Lovat Fields, has been a real success story for Milton Keynes and provides an excellent range of facilities for older people, meeting their needs for security and for convenient access to a wide range of social activities. It has also been an excellent example of the council working jointly with partners, in this case the ExtraCare Charitable Trust, to deliver a real benefit for the community.

"There are already some 200 people lined up to move to this new village, which like Lovat Fields, will provide a suitably tailored mix of accommodation, facilities and support for people over the age of 55."

To find out about ExtraCare's £1.2m appeal for the second Village please contact Ann Allen on 07825171546.