Planning proposals could be submitted within weeks following
overwhelming interest in the partnership's first village, New
Oscott, which opens this March.
Subject to planning approval, construction could begin on the
disused seven-acre site, currently owned by property developer
Calthorpe Estates, next year.
Initial proposals show provision for up to 250 one and two
bedroom homes, available for affordable rent, part-purchase and
outright sale, each with their own front door, kitchen, living room
and shower room.
A village centre with 18 health and leisure facilities would
provide a social meeting point where residents (aged 55-plus) and
visitors from the wider community could share skills, interests and
social events. Facilities would include a gym, IT centre,
greenhouse, restaurant, craft room and village hall with
opportunities to try Tai Chi, painting and singing amongst a varied
range of community-based activities.
Dedicated on-site care for a third of the community would be
delivered by The ExtraCare Charitable Trust's NVQ or
nurse-qualified staff team offering couples a 'home together' for
life. Preventative healthcare and advice would be delivered by the
Charity's award-winning Well-being Service.
Partners say the new village centre would be a valuable resource
for residents and hundreds of local older people including
volunteers and families representing all generations from across
the wider community.
The Village would provide up to 80 full time jobs and a further
200 construction jobs during its development.
Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, comments: "I'm
delighted that we are making plans for the third of our £200m
scheme for five village partnerships across Birmingham. The village
will provide exceptional, affordable housing, state of the art
facilities and fantastic services that support older people in
retaining their independence and quality of life whatever their age
"This £40m village will be a real boost to the construction
industry and local community by providing much needed jobs and the
wider community will also benefit as older citizens will have use
of facilities in the village, helping bring our communities
"This is a really exciting development and having seen the kind
of interest that Birmingham's first retirement village in New
Oscott has attracted, I've no doubt the retirement villages will
revolutionise housing for older people."
John Payne, Partnership Director for The ExtraCare Charitable
Trust, comments: "Already we have had over 1000 applications for
our 260-home New Oscott Village. Village demand across Birmingham
shows that older people, especially those who are at risk of
isolation through reduced mobility or limited resources, still want
to engage with their community, share skills and enjoy their
"The Hagley Road Village would regenerate a disused site
bringing inward investment, jobs and a community lifestyle. Above
all it would offer huge benefits for local older people looking for
an affordable and innovative alternative to the traditional care
Jayne Herritty, Sales And Marketing Director for Calthorpe
Estates, comments: "The plans for ExtraCare's Hagley Road Village
are exciting and provide outstanding facilities and services which
will benefit the Estate.
"These proposals are yet another example of effective
collaboration with a well-thought out scheme, that we endorse and
believe will be welcomed by the local community."
- Notes for Editors -
New Oscott Village (developed with Midland Heart and
supported by the Homes and Communities Agency) is the first of five
proposed schemes across the City as part of a £200m village
development partnership between Birmingham City Council and The
ExtraCare Charitable Trust.
Based in Coventry, The ExtraCare Charitable Trust operates
9 villages and 20 'extra care' housing schemes for 3000 residents
across the Midlands and North. Committed to supporting older
peoples' health and well-being within an active and sociable
environment, the Charity has won two national awards in 2009 as
The Housing and Health category at the UK Housing Awards
in November 2009, for its Residents' Well-being Service.
The Healthcare and Medical Research category,
at the Charity Awards in June 2009, for supporting residents with
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