A partnership between Milton Keynes Council, Milton Keynes
Partnership, The Department of Health and The ExtraCare Charitable
Trust, the new scheme opens in winter 2011. It could provide an
innovative housing and lifestyle solution for some of the 200-plus
older people currently on a waiting list for the partnership's
Willen-based Lovat Fields Village which opened in 2007.
The first 184 Shenley Village one and two bedroom homes are due
to open by winter 2011. A further 116 homes are planned as part of
a second phase. Properties will be available for purchase or rent
and will be affordable, even for those people living in rented
property on a minimum state pension.
A qualified ExtraCare staff team will deliver up to 24-hour
assessed care to a third of residents within their own village
Homes will surround the Village Centre with 18 leisure
facilities including a restaurant, bar, Village hall, Well-being
centre, IT suite, craft room and greenhouse. On and off-site
activities could include singing, arts and crafts, dancing, horse
riding and sailing.
The Village has received £4.875m through Milton Keynes Partnership
and a further £3.5m from The Department of Health. ExtraCare is
establishing a £1.2m appeal to fund The Village Centre which will
provide affordable social and active opportunities for up to 500
older residents, families and community members.
Marian Joiner, from Oldbrook, is interested in moving to the
Village and has even joined ExtraCare's local appeal to raise funds
for the Village Centre . She comments: "I have visited many
residential homes and it is clear that this village model is
different. There is freedom, choice and so much to do - I have seen
this for myself at Lovat Fields where people are busy and happy.
Unlike many retirement schemes the Village has thriving social
links to the wider community and for older people this is terribly
Cllr Sam Crooks, Leader of Milton Keynes Council, comments: "This
is a really imaginative way of celebrating the start of our second
ExtraCare Village. Our older residents are hugely important to the
city and I'm delighted to see the Council thinking so positively
about how people will live after retirement."
Graham Hyslop, Property Regeneration and Investment Team Leader
Milton Keynes Partnership, comments: "People always think of Milton
Keynes as a young city and the needs of older people can get
overlooked. Developments such as this create not only much needed
housing but also a vibrant community environment."
Nick Abbey, Chief Executive of The ExtraCare Charitable Trust,
comments: "There are a significant number of local older people who
would like to experience the lifestyle and opportunities offered at
Lovat Fields Village and we have a waiting list that demonstrates
this. I am delighted that our partnership will be able to help
satisfy demand by providing this second Milton Keynes
To find out about ExtraCare's £1.2m appeal for the second Village
please contact Ann Allen on 07825171546.