The scheme is being developed in partnership with Birmingham
City Council and will begin construction in Autumn 2011 for
completion in Spring 2014. It will occupy seven acres of land,
previously owned by Birmingham-based property developer Calthorpe
Estates, between 322- 336 Hagley Road. Providing 240 one and two
bedroom apartments for rent and sale, the Village's affordable
homes will be available to local residents aged 55 to 95-plus
including rental tenants with only a limited state pension.
The Village will provide up to 80 full-time local jobs and a
further 200 construction jobs during its development.
Village homes will surround a community-based health and leisure
centre with landscaped gardens and tree-lined walkways. The Centre
will provide a social meeting point where residents and visitors
from the wider community can share skills, interests and social
events. 18 facilities will 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
Dedicated assessed care will be delivered to a third of the
Village community by ExtraCare's NVQ or nurse-qualified staff team,
potentially offering couples a 'home together' for life.
Preventative healthcare and advice will be delivered by ExtraCare's
Well-being Service, whilst residents who develop dementia will be
supported by the Charity's Enriched Opportunities Programme - an
award winning service that, according to Bradford University
research findings, reduces the chances of an individual being
transfered to a traditional nursing home environment by up to
Planning consent for the Village followed an extensive local
consultation process as the Village requires the replacement of six
properties, four of which have been disused for nearly 14
Three public events were held by The ExtraCare Charitable Trust
during 2010 involving 770 people. One event included an electronic
survey where all 120 respondents agreed the site's existing
buildings should make way for a community-based village. 97% of
respondents also stated that the Charity's Village plan was
preferable to the construction of office buildings, commercial
housing, a retail development or a food outlet.
985 households have subsequently registered an interest in
applying for a place in the new Village.
The scheme forms a part of the City's Older Peoples' Housing
Strategy which responds to escalating national and local demand for
affordable, high quality housing that meets the needs of local
older people, providing a real alternative to traditional
residential and nursing care.
New Oscott Village, the partnership's first 260-home Birmingham
scheme (developed with Midland Heart), opened in March 2010 and is
now over-susbcribed. A second 180-home village, forming part of the
Newtown regeneration plan, is already under construction for
completion in Spring 2013.
Councillor John Lines, Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for
Housing, comments: "This is wonderful news for our older people in
Birmingham and I'm delighted that we can start construction later
this year, which will create hundreds of jobs for local
"This is the third village we are building with ExtraCare
Charitable Trust and part of our larger plans to create similar
developments across Birmingham. We are dedicated to providing our
older residents with more housing choice than ever before and to
support them in leading independent, fulfilling lives."
Richard Allen, Chief Executive of Calthorpe Estates, comments:
"The buildings located on this site had reached the end of their
useful life as demonstrated by the failure of the nursing homes
that previously occupied them.
"It is to the credit of Birmingham City Council that they have
recognised that caring for the increase in the ageing population is
a top priority.
"The ExtraCare Charity will deliver a high quality new village
which will go some way to providing much needed new homes for a
broad spectrum of occupiers in this part of the City"
Partnership Director for The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, John
Payne, comments: "This Village will transform a gateway route into
the heart of Birmingham, regenerating a disused area of land with
an impressive community-based scheme that reflects the style and
character of the local neighbourhood. Above all, it is an
inspirational housing project which has the interests of local
older people and their families at its heart."
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